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May 29, 2016 / 21 Iyar, 5776

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In Pictures: Planes Fight Massive Fire Caused By IDF Flare

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Negohot (TPS) – A massive bushfire caused by an IDF flare raged overnight Saturday in the Mount Hebron region, endangering residential homes in a Jewish community. At first light on Sunday, four firefighting planes dropped water on the blaze to assist the teams on the ground and several hours later the fire was extinguished, without causing any injuries.

According to a Mount Hebron spokesperson, the fire was accidentally started by a flare fired by the IDF to illuminate the area following a report of a suspected terrorist infiltration into the community. The flare helped soldiers conduct a search of the area, which did not yield any results, but then caused the massive fire that damaged agricultural fields and several industrial buildings.

The bushfire started around 2 a.m. at a warehouse and a workshop near the Jewish community of Negohot in the western Mount Hebron region. Eight firefighting teams arrived in the area and tried to prevent the fire from reaching the residential houses in Negohot. Dozens of families from two neighborhoods were evacuated from their homes after the winds directed the fire towards them.

The firefighters’ efforts continued all night, and at dawn four firefighting planes were sent to the area to help gain control over the fire. At about 8 a.m. the forces succeeded in gaining control, and the fire was extinguished shortly thereafter. The evacuated residents returned to their homes and the children went to school as normal.

The low-flying planes fighting the blaze in the Judean hills produced some spectacular images.

Firefighting in Har Hebron Area - May 14, 2016

Firefighting in Har Hebron Area - May 14, 2016

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6 Firefighter Planes Battling Blaze in Gush Etzion

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Six firefighter planes, 8 firefighting brigades and volunteers are working to put out a massive fire in the Gvaot Forest in Gush Etzion, which is near Bat Ayin and Alon Shvut.

Road 376 has been closed to traffic.

Residents in the area were evacuated, but have now been allowed to return to their homes.

Investigators suspect arson.

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Jerusalem Suburb Evacuated as Wildfire Burns Homes

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Wildfires again began raging in the Judean Hills around the Israeli capital this weekend.

On Sunday, residents of the Jerusalem suburb of Even Sapir were evacuated from their homes in the face of a roaring wildfire that threatened their area.  Several of the homes already caught fire, officials said in the early afternoon on Sunday (August 2).

Brush fires also were raging between the Jewish communities of Tzur Hadassah and Beitar Illit, in the Judean Hills.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to combat the blaze near the western flank of the capital, near the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. Authorities have said, however, that the hospital is in no immediate danger thus far.

Four firefighting aircraft are attempting to extinguish the blaze along with the ground crews.

Additional firefighting forces have been placed on alert as well. The Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, Highway 1, has been blocked off as well, for safety reasons.

A wildfire has also started near the Samaria Jewish community of Elon Moreh – where a similar wildfire got started last week as well.

Just a week ago, firefighting crews managed to extinguish the largest wildfire since the massive Carmel forest fire of 2010. More than 150 firefighters and volunteers spent an entire day protecting homes in the villages of Kfar Uriya, Ta’oz and Tarum from the blaze, which ate of hundreds of dunams around the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh.

Dry conditions and a huge heat wave is causing risky conditions for forest fires in the area.

Hana Levi Julian

Large Forest Fire Near Tzur Hadassah

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Six firefighter crews have been sent in to fight a forest fire in the Begin Forest near the town of Tzur Hadassah, just outside of Jerusalem.

A high-voltage power line that crossed over the forest fell down, igniting the blaze in a difficult to reach area.

Six fire fighter crews from Beit Shemesh, 2 firefighting airplanes, and firefighters from the JNF and the Electric Company are battling the fire.

Due to the location the fire is proving difficult to fight, but nearby residents are not in danger.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Plane to Russia Burst Into Flames at Ben Gurion Airport

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Passengers on a flight scheduled to depart for Russia at 12 noon Wednesday had their plans disrupted when the plane burst into flames shortly before takeoff.

There were only six passengers aboard the small plane, and all escaped without injuries.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze which had prompted the airport ground crew to declare a Level 3 State of Emergency, the highest possible.

Rescue personnel, ambulances, security vehicles and fire trucks all raced to the scene to secure the site and deal with the incident, which is under investigation.

Jewish Press Staff

Wildfire Rages Out of Control Near Abu Ghosh

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

A wildfire is reportedly raging out of control near the Christian Arab town of Abu Ghosh, near the western face of the Jerusalem hills. The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon, but quickly blazed out of control due to the high winds in the area.

By mid-afternoon, at least a dozen fire trucks had reached the area to fight the flames, along with six firefighting aircraft.

Abu Ghosh is located along Route 1, on the road between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, close to the Jewish hareidi religious community of Telz Stone, also known as ‘Kiryat Ye’arim,’ where it is believed that the Ark of the Covenant was placed. Abu Ghosh is a small village, friendly to Jews and nationally famous for its secret, special family recipes for hummus. Kosher versions of ‘Abu Ghosh’ hummus are sold by a number of Israeli appetizing manufacturers and stocked in supermarkets across the country.

Hana Levi Julian

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