More than 50 firefighting units took part in the ongoing operation. Three people were lightly injured from smoke inhalation, of which one had to be evacuated to the hospital. Fifteen structures were damaged by the flames – five in serious condition and 10 with exterior damages.
Firefighters prevented the fire from reaching the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Fifteen crews remained on the scene to subdue the fire overnight in hundreds of locations. Three firefighters were injured lightly during the days' operation.
Oded Solan, a 38-year old resident of Kiryat Yuval, returned home Wednesday night to discover his yard had burned. "The roof of the neighboring house burned and the sparks must have flown into my yard," he said.
"It scorched everything here. All the greenery was burned. Oddly, my house remained intact. There are gas tanks here which almost burned. Luckily they remained unharmed."
Solan and his family will spend the night with relatives. "We packed a bag with clothes for the kids, and we'll be with family tonight. The smell here is unpleasant. We didn't want the kids to be traumatized that their green yard has been scorched."
The brushfire erupted in the afternoon and spread quickly from the wadi to the residential area. Dozens of firefighting crews and IDF personnel turned out to help battle the blaze, including six firefighting planes.
By the evening hours, most of the roadways in the area had reopened and the firefighters had subdued the flames, though their operation will continue into Thursday.
Omri Efraim contributed to this report.