Morocco is the only country in Africa which operates five Canadair aircrafts which have been currently deployed to extinguish fires in northern Morocco. The new Canadair-CL 515 planes are an upgraded version of the CL 415 fleet used by Morocco.
Wildfires common in Morocco
Wildfires are common during the summer season in Morocco as is the case in the rest of the Mediterranean region. Fires that broke out in the Chefchaouen area at the end of August were controlled, as Morocco deployed land and air capabilities to prevent the fires from reaching inhabited areas.
Losses were limited to 1,100 hectares of forests. Meanwhile, more than 60,000 hectares of forests were ravaged by fires in Algeria, costing the lives of more than 90 people.