Fire near Jerusalem contained after villages evacuated


10th June, 2021 10:33:44 AM printer

Fire near Jerusalem contained after villages evacuated

A forest fire on the outskirts of Jerusalem led to villages being evacuated Wednesday before Israeli firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control.

The highway from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv was shut down along with the train line that connects Israel’s two main cities, police said.

They later said the blaze, some 15 kilometres (10 miles) northwest of Jerusalem, had largely been brought under control after ripping through 265 hectares (650 acres) of forest, though small fires were still burning.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the blaze, which spread through woods close to populated areas and sent dark smoke into the sky over the hills outside Jerusalem.

The villages of Maale HaHamisha and Yad Hashmona were evacuated, police said, but residents were able to return to their homes during the evening.