In a tour on Thursday to Usfiya and other parts of the Carmel affected by the Carmel Fire, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss told reporters that the report his office is preparing on the tragedy would be "very severe".
Forty-four people died in the fire last December, the deadliest in Israel’s history. Among the victims were 37 prison service cadets and their commanding officers, who died when their bus was engulfed by flames.
The fire also caused widespread damage, totaling millions of shekels, to land and property. An estimated 1.5 million trees were destroyed.
A week ago, Lindenstrauss had warned members of his Knesset Committee that the in-depth report his office is preparing into the Carmel fire had uncovered "very serious evidence of negligence" and was expected to reveal grave findings.