Fire in Modi'in 370.
(photo credit: Daniel Pearlman)
A wildfire broke out on Monday night near the Mitkan Adam military base outside
Modi’in, marking the third-straight day of fires across the country.
base was partially evacuated due to heavy smoke and fears that the blaze could
ignite an ammunition depot.
Also on Monday, firefighters battled a
wildfire that tore through hundreds of dunams of land near Moshav Lachish in the
Shfela lowlands region.
In the Lachish region, including the Eshkol area,
wildfires devastated hundreds of dunams near Moshav Amatzya.
were reported in the Tiberias, Hadera and Even Yehuda areas, among
On Sunday, Fire and Rescue Services spokesman Yoram Levy said
that, since Saturday, firefighters had responded to over 550 calls, more than
five times the typical number for a 24-hour period.
The fires were
spurred on not only by the unusually hot weather and high winds, but also
because of the Lag Ba’omer holiday on Saturday and Sunday, traditionally
celebrated with bonfires.