Firefighters outside Jerusalem 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
More than 15 fire crews scrambled to tackle a large wildfire on Mount Carmel on
Thursday, managing to stop the flames before they spread to apartment buildings
in a Haifa neighborhood.
Fire trucks and personnel flooded the area on
the outskirts of Haifa’s Neveh Sha’anan neighborhood, working for two hours to
bring the flames under control.
Several streets were blocked off and a
number of homes were evacuated, with some residents suffering from light smoke
Firefighting planes joined the battle against the blaze once
the flames had moved away from high power electric lines.
At the peak of
the fire, plumes of smoke could be seen rising over sections of Haifa, and
police sealed off several roads to traffic.
Soon after the blaze was put
out, police reported a second fire spreading in a valley near Kiryat Tivon. Fire
crews rushed to the new scene and managed to gain control of the situation
within an hour.
Police and firefighters are investigating the cause of