Fire reported near Ma’alot-Tarshiha, houses evacuated

A fire broke out early Sunday morning near Ma'alot-Tarshiha in Israel's North, leading to the evacuation of 100 homes.

 A fire rages near Ma'alot Tarshiha on November 14, 2021 (photo credit: FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY NORTHERN DIVISION)
A fire rages near Ma'alot Tarshiha on November 14, 2021
(photo credit: FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY NORTHERN DIVISION)

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. 

 A vehicle burnt in a fire near Ma'alot Tarshiha on November 14, 2021. (credit: FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY NORTHERN DIVISION) A vehicle burnt in a fire near Ma'alot Tarshiha on November 14, 2021. (credit: FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY NORTHERN DIVISION)
 

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.

 A fire rages near Ma'alot Tarshiha on November 14, 2021. (credit: FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY NORTHERN DIVISION) A fire rages near Ma'alot Tarshiha on November 14, 2021. (credit: FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY NORTHERN DIVISION)

This is a developing story.