Massive forest fires devour swaths of wilderness in Wadi Shahrour. (The Daily Star/File)
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As Civil Defense units rallied to douse out flames, forest fires raged on in north and south Lebanon Wednesday, leaving clouds of smoke above forests, villages and the revered statue of Virgin Mary in the southern village of Maghdoushe. Jbeil's Civil Defense unit put out three fires that erupted in the Monsef area of Jbeil Wednesday afternoon. Another fire broke out shortly afterward in the nearby village of Kfarsala in Amchit.Schroder also stressed the need to reforest in the aftermath of the forest fires, suggesting that communities work with municipalities in order to plant in appropriate ways in reforested areas.More than 35 percent of the forest cover in Lebanon has deteriorated over the last 40 years, leaving just 13 percent of Lebanon forested, according to local NGO the Association for Forests, Development and Conservation.
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