SIDON, Lebanon: Hot, dry, and sand-filled winds contributed to a number of fires in several parts of Lebanon Saturday, including in the southern city of Sidon and the northern Akkar region.
In Sidon, there were at least two cases of weather related fires.
The hot climate caused one plot of dry land in the southern part of the city to catch fire, threatening a nearby manufacturer of paper and nylon.
The fire brigade worked for almost two hours to douse the flames and prevent the fire from spreading.
In central Sidon, a Syrian refugee family made it to safety after their makeshift shelter caught fire. Nearby shops were also set ablaze.
The National News Agency said a fire also broke out in the Kesrouan area.
The Civil Defense was able to extinguish the forest fire between the village of Kfour and Nahr Ibrahim, the state-run agency said.
In Akkar, north Lebanon, high winds threatened to exacerbate a fire near the village of Rihaniyeh as Civil Defense struggled to reach the area, the agency said.
The NNA said the fire damaged a number of almond fields.