Wildfire in forests, protected areas put out after five days

June 1, 2020 - 18:41

TEHRAN - Wildfire which broke out five days ago across several forests and protected areas in four western and southwestern provinces of Khuzestan, Bushehr, Lorestan, Kohgiluyeh, and Boyer-Ahmad, was put out on Monday.

The fire also swept through Khaeez protected area, measuring 28,000 hectares, which is one of the main habitats for wild goats in Zagros forests. Being impassable had made any fire-fighting operation almost impossible and only helicopters could reach the area. 

Fierce winds, high latitude, high vegetation, and the lack of equipment and manpower had made firefighting operations much more difficult.

Ranging wildfire also hit western Ilam and Kordestan provinces, causing extensive damage to old oak trees and part of the region's vegetation.

Some 300 hectares of forests and rangelands in Gachsaran county turned into ashes, as well as 200 hectares of forests in Kohgilouyeh.
The firefighting operation in the protected areas of Khaeez left 6 injured.

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