Firefighters control wildfire in W. Galilee; 4 injured

ByJPOST.COM STAFF
October 21, 2011 15:44

20 teams of firefighters assisted by JNF-KKL crews, 4 water-dropping planes; MDA raises its readiness to highest level.




Firefighter watches water-dropping plane [file]

Firefighter watches water-dropping plane 311 (R). (photo credit:Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)

Firefighters successfully gained control over a fire that was burning Friday afternoon in the Western Galilee. The fire burned 200 dunams. Twenty firefighting crews were assisted by JNF-KKL authorities and water-dropping planes in putting out the blaze.

Dozens of residents from Kibbutz Yasur and elderly residents of a local retirement home were evacuated.  Four people were treated by Magen David Adom and evacuated to hospital with light injuries from smoke inhalation.

Local residents were asked to close their windows, remain indoors and listen for evacuation orders.

Road 70 was closed to traffic between the Ahihud and Yavor Junctions.

Magen David Adom announced that it had raised its readiness to the highest possible level. Large numbers of MDA paramedics were dispatched to assist in the evacuation of senior citizens.

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