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General Category => Israel => Topic started by: Psalm 51:17 on November 23, 2016, 10:04:22 am

Title: Firefighters continue battling blazes for the second day
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 23, 2016, 10:04:22 am
Firefighters continue battling blazes for the second day

Dozens of firefighting teams, with the aid of airtankers, work to put out fires amid strong winds and dry weather conditions; fire in Zikhron Ya'akov enters second day as residents told to stay away from evacuated homes; levels of air pollution rise in affected areas.
Ynet reporters|Last update:  23.11.16 , 15:09

Firefighters were battling blazes across Israel on Wednesday for the second day, as strong winds and dry weather made fighting the fires much harder and air pollution levels rose in affected areas.

As the dry weather and strong winds are expected to continue on Thursday as well, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan have decided to ask Cyprus, Greece and Italy—and considering asking Turkey as well—for additional firefighting planes as a precaution.

A large blaze broke out near the community of Nataf in the Jerusalem Mountains on Wednesday morning. Twenty-five firefighting crews, among them 200 firefighters from the Home Front Command, were sent to the scene along with four firefighting planes as the strong winds pushed the blaze towards the community.

While firefighters were able to stop the fire from reaching the community, it continued spreading west on Wednesday afternoon before eventually being contained in the early evening.

Residents whose houses were close to the fire were evacuated from their homes and found shelter in the nearby Arab village of Abu Gosh. Two houses were burned down while several others suffered damage from the flames.