BEIRUT: Civil Defense personnel were battling to put out a huge brush fire that broke out midday Friday in the highlands of Jeita, some 20 kilometers north of Beirut, the state-run National News Agency said.
It said the fire billowed over the outskirts of St. Elias Monastery in Jeita.
Weather forecasts had warned that the risk of brush fires will remain high in mountainous regions of Lebanon throughout Friday and Saturday due to warm temperatures.
Temperatures in the highlands are expected to climb to 38-39 degrees, and in coastal areas to 32-33 degrees Saturday, according to the Meteorological Department at Beirut’s airport.
The forecast high for the inland region is 39 degrees.
The Lebanese Army has worked jointly with Civil Defense teams to put out brush fires that broke out in the Jbeil towns of Mastita and Monsef Thursday, a military statement said.
The statement issued Friday said the fires had destroyed more than 8 acres of fruit trees and grass land.