Travelers cleared from area
Photo: Avihu Shapira

Golan fire destroys 10,000 dunam of land

Fire Services declare forces have flames under control. Fire which erupted in Ein a-Tina nature reserve Thursday apparently caused by 'visitors' reckless behavior'

Nearly 24 hours after efforts to extinguish the Golan Heights fire first began, firefighters declared Friday they have the flames under control. Five firefighter teams and four planes are still working in the Jilabun Wadi to fully contain the blaze.


The fire has already consumed 10,000 dunam of land. Nature and Parks Authority official Eitan Nissim said that "extremely reckless behavior" by visitors caused the fire. 



The fire broke out in the Ein a-Tina nature reserve on Thursday. Five firefighting teams and four extinguishing planes are working to contain the flames.


Fire Services official Yair Elkayam said that the blaze has thus far destroyed fallow land and forestry.

Firefighters work to contain flames (Photo: Avihu Shapira)


The Nature and Parks Authority cleared the Ein a-Tina and Jilabun nature reserves of travelers on Thursday. Six people, including a pregnant woman, were lightly injured by smoke inhalation.


Fires also erupted in various other locations across Israel on Thursday near Tiberias and in the valley area.


The Fire Services are gearing up for a hectic weekend as temperatures continue to soar.



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