Forest fires: EU channels assistance to Algeria

August 12, 2021
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Following a request for assistance submitted to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, two Canadair firefighting airplanes were mobilised by France to help Algeria fight forest fires in the north and north-east of the country.

The planes will deploy to the Kabylia region on 12 August 2021 with 75% of the transport costs of the deployment co-financed by the Commission.

Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič welcomed this swift response, stressing that “The EU stands in solidarity with all countries battling forest fires at this difficult time. The unprecedented high temperatures are making conditions even more difficult in multiple countries. European support was swiftly mobilised and I am thankful to France for their solidarity with Algeria and Italy. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims, those affected and the first responders battling against the forest fires.”

In addition, the EU‘s emergency Copernicus satellite has been activated to provide damage assessment maps of the affected areas. 

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  • Algeria