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November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/wildfire-rages-out-of-control-near-abu-ghosh/2014/06/17/

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