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August 28, 2016 / 24 Av, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘firefighting’

Forest Fire in Jerusalem Threatening Main Power Company Station [video]

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

A forest fire that broke out below Mount Menuhot in Givat Shaul, at the entrance to Jerusalem, is threatening to reach Jerusalem’s main power station nearby. The IEC building and the compound have been evacuated. Ten firefighting teams are on the scene, as well as additional teams from Beit Shemesh and from Judea and Samaria, as well as firefighting planes.

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The eastbound lanes Route 1, the main highway from Tel Aviv, have been blocked near Ginot Sakharov, and additional traffic routes: Akiva Azulay, Kanfey Nesharim, Menachem Chaftzadi and Maginey Yerushalaim have been blocked.

A spokesperson for the firefighting and rescue forces reported that the fire is moving quickly eastbound, driven by the winds. Firefighters have been trying to move between the fire and residential neighborhoods.

The weather forecast in Israel on Wednesday is calling for high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds, an ideal combination for fast-spreading forest fires across the country.

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David Israel

Light a Fire, Go to Jail

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The Fire and Rescue Commissioner issued an emergency edict Monday (May 16, 2016) under the authority of the Ministry of Public Security, banning all campfires in the State of Israel.

It is forbidden to light a campfire – any fire in a field outside – from 9 am to 7 pm in Israel. The penalty for violating the ban is a fine of NIS 70,000 or up to six months in jail.

Campfire ban May 16 2016 Ministry of Public Security

Campfire ban May 16 2016 Ministry of Public Security

Hundreds of fires broke out around the country Sunday due to the hot and dry weather conditions in Israel. Approximately 400 fires broke out, the head of the Israel firefighters’ operations division told Israel Radio.

Firefighters battled a blaze near Moshav Mata near Beit Shemesh, and another one near the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev on Sunday evening, the latter due to a firebombing attack by Arab terrorists.

Fires broke out at Kibbutz Harel near Latrun, and at the village of Ajur, also near Beit Shemesh, as well as at Kfar Yona, east of Netanya.

The heat wave is expected to continue at least until Tuesday.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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

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