Fire in Jerusalem area neighborhood of Even Sapir.
(photo credit: Arik Abuluf/Jerusalem Fire and Rescue)
Firefighters gained control of two fires that broke out on Wednesday afternoon,
one in the eastern Carmel mountains, and the other just outside
Police arrested four Palestinians from the West Bank that they
found in the vicinity of the fire near Jerusalem, on suspicion of involvement in
starting the blaze.
Five crews battled the fire in the North, located
near the Jezreel Valley, with the assistance of three water-dropping
Four firefighting aircraft and 20 teams of firefighters worked to
put out the fire that broke out in Moshav Even Sapir near Jerusalem, setting
fire to some 5 hectares (over 12 acres) of land.
In addition to area
firefighters, students from the National Search and Rescue School were
dispatched to assist in fighting the fire.
Thick smoke approached the
Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, and hospital staff
evacuated 80 percent of the hospital visitors. Hospital management also
requested that cars in the underground parking lot and on the nearby road also
The Fire and Rescue Services evacuated moshav residents
from their homes.
No injuries were reported in either fire.