Skip to comments.Major Fire in Jerusalem Forest; Homes Evacuated
Posted on 07/19/2011 4:12:06 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
A major fire broke out on Sunday in the Jerusalem Forest, near the Har Herzl military cemetery and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial project. Some 150 dunam of forest were destroyed before the blaze was under control and the flames were stoped several hundred meters before reaching the Pi Glilot fuel storage facility.
The fire spread quickly through the woods due to the heat. Eight firefighting squads were working to extinguish the blaze all afternoon. They requested planes to help as well.
Five people suffered mild injuries due to smoke inhalation. Police closed some roads in the area, including at least one entrance to the city, due to concerns that the fire could reach the road. Traffic backed up for miles on roads in and coming into the city.
In addition, visitors were evacuated from Yad Vashem, and some homes were evacuated in the Har Nof neighborhood.
As they battled the Jerusalem Forest fire, firefighters were alerted to a second blaze south of the capital, near Tzur Hadassah. Police are investigating a suspicion of arson as the fires are now known to have broken out in five places simultaneously.
Late last week a major forest fire raged in the Golan region in the north for almost 24 hours. The fire burned 10,000 dunams of land and caused three women to suffer light injuries from smoke inhalation.
Officials have blamed the Golan blaze on careless hikers.
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Is this another one of those faux Israeli forests of eucalyptus bushes? I’ve seen people have cookouts, with campfires and open flame. Its dry as a bone in there, so this is no big suprise.
Israel is like CA in that regard, tinder dry everywhere
in the summer.
From the video it looks to be pine or cedar.
No, it’s actually an area that is very forested and hilly.
Lots of both as I remember.
There are roughtly 4 dunams to an acre, just FYI.
In New Mexico a fire new Los Alamos has burned 160,000 acres in the past few weeks.
Wildfires are terrible things and I wish these people well.
Sooner or later it will be terrorists.
yep. maybe this one is an accident, but it’s already been arson many many times:
israel today | Israel facing arson intifada - israel today
More than 25 fires set in forests around Israel during Carmel blaze; Jerusalem forest targeted 18 times over past month; media afraid to reveal new Arab arson offensive
www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=22447 - Cached
Fire or a Massacre? Israeli Media Downplays Arson Suspicion
The fire in the Carmel Mountains may turn out to be the worst terror act in Israel’s history, but major news outlets appear resolute in their will to ignore this ...
...and plenty more if you seach israel arson fire on yahoo.