Entire forests planted by JNF-KKL are being stripped bare.
'Within less than a year, we’ve managed to show that it’s possible to save species and protect the earth through crowdsourcing, thanks to lots of caring people.'
As a result of the fire major roads have been closed to traffic, including Route 1 from Tel Aviv eastbound.
Firefighters were busy in the forested hills around Jerusalem as high temperatures and dry air made it easy for flames to ignite in the trees.
The heavy heat wave, now in its second day, continues to cause fires around Israel.
Friday's forest fire near Beit Shemesh reduced nearly 2,000 dunam to ash; it was the worst since the Carmel tragedy.
A resident of the Israeli Arab village of Abu Ghosh has been indicted on charges of starting a forest fire in the area west of Jerusalem.
A wildfire raged out of control in the forest near the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Ghosh on Tuesday afternoon.
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