Israeli Fire and Rescue Service plane 150.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Firefighting crews were battling a blaze near Kiryat Tivon, south of
Haifa on Thursday. Firefighting aircraft joined 27 ground crews
attempting to gain control of the fire.
Police evacuated several
local residents from their homes. At least two homes were damaged in the
blaze, but no injuries were reported.
The local municipality
opened a shelter for displaced people at the Narkisim school in Kiryat
Tivon. An old age home was also evacuated.
Police are investigating the strong possibility that the fire was caused by arson, spokesman Micky Rosenfled told The Jerusalem Post
"Emergency units are coordinating with one another to deal with the situation. There are strong winds, and we are working to get the fire under control," he added.
Police blocked off Route 75 in one direction. Heavy traffic built up on roads leading out of Tivon.
Earlier on Thursday firefighters succeeded in gaining control of a fire just outside Jerusalem near Moshav Even Sapir.
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Wednesday saw firefighters battle blazes
in the same areas, as well as a fire in the eastern Carmel mountains. No injuries were reported in the fires.
arrested four Palestinians from the West Bank that they found in the
vicinity of the fire near Jerusalem on Wednesday, on suspicion of
involvement in starting the blaze.Tamara Zieve contributed to this report.
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