Civilians use tree branches as they try to put out a fire in Akkar, Saturday, June 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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As temperatures reached 38 degrees, wildfires spread across north Lebanon, especially in Akkar, over the weekend with Civil Defense units still struggling to put them out Sunday night.The Lebanese Army and Civil Defense personnel managed to extinguish flames in certain areas. However, up until Sunday night, fires remained uncontrollable and dangerous in many Akkar areas, sometimes extending toward residential areas and reaching many hectors of pine and oak trees in the dense forest of Arid Saba Hill. According to the state-run National News Agency, at around 4 p.m. Sunday an Army helicopter flew over the Akkar areas where the wildfires broke out.On one occasion, before being put out, a car belonging to the Civil Defense also caught on the fire, with some members trapped inside.
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