Israel placed two firefighting planes on standby Tuesday in case Bulgaria needs them to battle a massive fire raging near Sofia.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, currently in Italy, phoned his Bulgarian counterpart and offered Israel's assistance. He noted that Bulgaria was a great help in 2010 when it sent 92 firefighters to Israel to fight the  Carmel Forest fire.

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The decision to place the planes on standby comes some two weeks after the State Comptroller issued a blistering report on Israel's response to the Carmel fire and lamenting the state of the country's fire-fighting services.