Hama, SANA – Members of the Hama and Tartous fire brigades extinguished a fire that spread across an area of 40 dunams (40,000 square meters) of the oak woods in Masyaf area in Hama.
Director of the Woodland Firefighting Center Madian al-Ali told SANA correspondent that 150 members of the Hama and Tartous fire brigades participated in extinguishing a fire that extended over an area of about 40 dunams of the oak woods in the surrounding of Deir Mama town in Masyaf area, indicating that the fire originated from agricultural lands adjacent to the woods.
He pointed firefighters isolated the flames from the undamaged areas using shoulder-mounted pumps, and that they are currently monitoring the site to prevent fires from erupting again and extinguishing them immediately if they do.
The fire broke out on Sunday evening first in the dense forested areas of Sheikh Salman hill west of the town of Deir Mama.
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