by: Roi Yanovsky
Friday, 17 June 2016 | [Earlier in the week] a large forest fire is raged in the Jerusalem Forest next to Givat Shaul. The fire was carried by the wind in an easterly direction. [At the time of the fire] Jerusalem District Firefighter Spokesman Sergeant First Class Udi Gal said that eight firefighting planes were dispatched, and that “firefighters were fighting huge flames and trying to prevent them from getting close to houses and critical infrastructure.
Additional forces from Beit Shemesh and the West Bank [Judea–Samaria] were called up to help,” he said. There were currently 35 firefighting teams fighting the blaze. He also stressed that the flames were being fanned by the wind, and that the fire still was not under control. A seminary and Israel Electric Corporation offices were evacuated.
Gal added that “the fire rapidly progressed due to strong winds, and was spreading towards the Israel Electric Corporation offices. He called on the residents of Givat Shaul and the surrounding areas to shutter their homes and close their windows.
The Jerusalem police said that traffic was closed in the Har Nof area, but that route 1 to Tel Aviv remained open.
Editor’s note: This forest fire was contained and extinguished by the end of the day (June 15) by a final total of 60 fire teams (130 firefighters) and 10 planes. A number of buildings were damaged although there was no large-scale evacuation as originally feared. Fire danger remains high across the Land during the dry summer months.
Posted on June 17, 2016
Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by Ynetnews originally on 15 June 2016. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)
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