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Large wildfire breaks out in forest near Jerusalem

CM 03/08/2021

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A large wildfire, spreading across 10 hectares (24.7 acres) has broke out in a forest near Shoersh, a moshav on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Tuesday.

A Fire and Rescue Services aircraft releasing red flame retardant in attempt to control to wildfire. (SHLOMO KADOSH)

8 firefighting planes, a helicopter and 24 crews of the Fire and Rescue services were rushed to the scene in attempt to control the wildfire. In addition, 2 firefighting planes are on standby.Border Police officers are evacuating Shoresh residents and sightseers in the area. In addition, thousands of girls participating in a summer camp near the Shoresh forest were evacuated as a precaution.Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services released a statement on Tuesday afternoon and said the wildfire was approaching a nearby gas station. The fire raging near the gas station is now contained. Israel Police chiefs are currently meeting to assess the situation at the Jerusalem District Police station.Highway 1, which connects Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, was blocked from both direction for several hours. It has now been reopened as the wildfire remains uncontrolled. Drivers are requested to avoid Highway 1 and nearby roads. 

Israel entered a massive heat wave on Monday morning which is expected to last until Sunday of next week. Israel Meteorological Service has predicted unseasonably hot conditions in mountainous regions last week.Magen David Adom has published a short guide on ways of surviving the heat, preventing heatstroke and dehydration.

This is a developing story.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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