Firefighters out in force on Friday as sizzling temperatures rise

Most of the 3,500 people rescued from their homes on Thursday to escape raging wildfires were advised not to try and return yet, as scorching winds and 48 C degree temperatures portend a second day of fast-spreading wildfires. The worst hit by the largest blazes were the central inland town of Mevo Modi’in near the Ben Shemesh park and Kibbutz Harel in the Jerusalem Hills. More than 40 homes there were gutted by fire. Other smaller towns were also evacuated in time to prevent casualties, except for a score of smoke victims. The outbreak is widely blamed on sparks from Lag Be’Omer bonfires on Wednesday night, which were restricted but not banned and not properly extinguished.

 At first light on Friday, fire-fighting teams, backed by 12 flying extinguishers and 2 police helicopters, were out ready to damp down any flickers spotted from Thursday’s fires and catch new conflagrations in time. More extinguisher aircraft are on the way from Italy, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus in response to Israel’s request for assistance. Friday morning roads in the vicinity of the big fires remained closed to traffic, including Highway 443 to Jerusalem.

The Ministry for Social Equality opened a hotline (*8840) Friday morning for volunteers offering to put up fire victims in their homes during the emergency.


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4 thoughts on “Firefighters out in force on Friday as sizzling temperatures rise

  • May 24, 2019 @ 11:07 at 11:07

    Israel makes out it is strong? Imagine if Israel was in a war situation? All of Israel would be on fire? And Israel needs other countries to help put out its own fire out because of lag be omer? A stupid religious practice that has ended in foolishness. And has now nearly endangered its own towns? What a country.

  • May 24, 2019 @ 12:21 at 12:21

    abd rusya uzayın her yerine nükleer balistik füzeler yerleştiriyor ama kimse bu ülkelere birşey diyemiyor

  • May 24, 2019 @ 13:42 at 13:42

    Pagan ritual

  • May 24, 2019 @ 16:47 at 16:47

    The Jewish Culture and all its Sons and Daughter of Abraham is an Undeniable Part of the Beginning Covenant with Jehovah-Allah the Mutually Recognized Belief G-D. This includes the Land of Milk & Honey known as Israel. Anyone trying to Remove the Culture of Judaism and Land of Israel is Actually Removing the Very Foundations and Holy Torah, Bible, and Koran Essential Part of Christianity and Islam from Judaism and the Planet Earth. Think About That When Advocating Death Over Opportunities For Peaceful Right Coexistence as Jehovah-G-D-Allah Intended among All Of Us! To Destroy Israel Land and People is to Destroy Islamic Beliefs as well!

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