Firefighter watches water-dropping plane 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)
Twenty teams of firefighters were attempting to gain control of a large
brush fire that was burning near Kibbutz Yasur in the Western Galilee
Friday afternoon. Crews from JNF-KKL and four water-dropping planes were
assisting in the effort.
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.