fire in the Chouf
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on April 23, 2008
On Sunday, H and I drove to the Chouf to spend the afternoon at Beiteddine.
Just a few turns after the first checkpoint (thanks to Walid Jumblatt’s presence, the Chouf is peppered with checkpoints), we passed a raging wildfire.
We slowed down to take photos, as did the cars in front of and behind us. The flames were a bit frightening – six or eight feet tall, and looming somewhat ominously over us as we drove by.
I tried zooming in, but the flames still appear only knee-high:
But really, it was an impressive fire. So impressive that we – ahem! – neglected to do anything useful, like call the fire department. There is a fire department in Lebanon, but I’m not sure how quickly they mobilize. Or how effective they are.
At any rate, we saw no human presence on the hillside. When we passed the fire on our way home, it had almost burned itself out – no thanks to us!