A fire broke out during the night between Saturday and Sunday in the Hacienda Forest near Ma’alot-Tarshiha in Israel's North, the Israel Fire and Rescue Department announced early Sunday morning.
Some 100 houses were evacuated, according to Israel Police. Fifteen firefighting teams and six planes fought the flames, which were contained at about 9:00 a.m.
Fire extinguishing efforts near Ma'alot Tarshiha, August 17, 2021
The fire was caused by human activity, and arson is suspected, the Fire and Rescue Services reported.
No one has been reported injured but a vehicle and some stores were damaged. A command center was set up, with representatives from the police, Fire and Rescue Service, Ma'alot Tarshiha municipality and MDA.
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