Saudi Civil Defense teams are still working to tackle a fire that broke out on Amad Mountain in South Taif on Thursday.
The blaze had spread to the forests of the surrounding mountains.
“The operations to put out and control the fire are still ongoing, and there are no injuries,” the Civil Defense said in a statement.
One eyewitness Bandar Al-Thaqafi said the fire had spread widely because of strong winds and covered an area of approximately one square kilometer.
“The dense trees that were greatly affected by August’s heat had a significant impact on the fire’s expansion,” he noted.
Volunteer firefighter Majid Al-Thaqafi said that the fire is sprawling at the same pace, and that the fire started in the Amad Mountains, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is famous for its juniper trees.
The density of the mountains’ trees and dried weeds contributed to the fire's persistence. As a result, volunteers have joined the effort to put out the continuously intensifying fire.