Death toll hits 26 in Algerian wildfires - minister

STORY: The wildfires had been burning in the mountainous areas east of Algeria, and the victims were from the provinces of Al Taref, and Setif.

Animals and trees were also not spared from the flames, the majority of which firefighters and helicopters managed to get under control throughout the day on Thursday (August 18).

A year ago, at least 65 were killed in the country's Kabylie region.