Fires break out in Carmel and Jerusalem areas

Residents evacuated from homes in Moshav Even Safir where brush fire blazes; fire fighters battle flames near Jezreel Valley.

Jerusalem fire 370 (photo credit: Melanie Lidman)
Jerusalem fire 370
(photo credit: Melanie Lidman)
Two fires broke out on Wednesday afternoon, one in the eastern Carmel mountains, and the other just outside Jerusalem.
Dozens of fire crews were battling the blaze in the North, located near the Jezreel Valley, with the assistance of two water-dropping planes.
Meanwhile, four fire fighting aircraft and twenty teams of fire fighters were battling to gain control of a fire that broke out in Moshav Even Sapir near Jerusalem, setting fire to some 50 dunams of land.
In addition to area firefighters, students from the National Search and Rescue School were dispatched to assist fighting the fire.
Thick smoke was approaching the Hadassah-Ein Kerem hospital, and hospital staff evacuated 80 percent of the hospital visitors. Hospital management was alsorequesting that cars in the underground car packs and on the nearby road also be evacuated.
The emergency services were also evacuating residents from their homes in the moshav and police were scanning the area for day-trippers in order to evacuate them from the area.
No injuries were reported in either fire.