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(photo credit: Associated Press)
A fire raging in the southern Golan Heights burned some 13,000 dunams on Saturday before firefighters gained control of the blaze. The fire is no longer spreading and fire teams expected to put the flames out completely by Sunday morning.
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The blaze broke out on Friday morning when a fire lit by hikers got out of control and began to spread uncontrollably.
The fire did not lead to any injuries or damage any property. Residents
in surrounding areas complained they could not leave there homes due to
the massive amounts of smoke created by the fire.
Firefighters were aided by water drops from airplanes to douse the
flames. Fire officials estimated that improving weather conditions
should aid them in putting the flames out completely.