by Hana Namrouqa |
The fire started at a late hour on Wednesday and continued until dawn on Thursday, Agriculture Ministry Spokesperson Nimer Haddadin told The
"A total of 250 dunums of forest trees, shrubs and medicinal plants were burnt in the fire, either completely or partially," Haddadin said.
He added that the authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire, noting that "reckless visitors" are most likely to blame.
"The rough topography of the area, the dense trees, the dry grass and strong winds on Wednesday night all contributed to spreading the fire," Haddadin noted.
The RBG said on its Facebook page that the fire swept through a hillside at night.
"Bad news: A fire at the
Founded in 2005, the RBG is located in
The Kingdom's forests, which constitute less than 1 per cent of its total landscape, are threatened by wildfires during the summer and illegal logging during the winter, in addition to lack of rain due to climate change.
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