Photo: Ido Erez
Fire in Rosh Ha'ayin
Photo: Ido Erez

Israel's heat wave results in fires nationwide

Fire departments prepared for expected heat rush to fires in Rosh Ha'ayin, Ben Shemen Forest, Rishon Lezion, Haifa; residents in Rosh Ha'ayin instructed to stay indoors

Fires broke out Saturday across Israel, as the result of a heat wave.


A fire broke out in Rosh Ha'ayin in an industrial compound. According to the firefighters, the structure in which the fire originated is in danger of collapsing. 20 firefighting teams have been called to the scene, and rescue forces instructed residents of the area to remain indoors.


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Five teams of fire fighters were on the scene of a fire that broke out on Mount Sansan in the Elah Valley, south of Bet Shemesh. The Jerusalem Fire Department said that there was no danger to area settlements.


Three teams of firefighters are at the scene of a briar patch fire that broke out in Holon; they are attempting to extinguish the flames.


In Rishon Lezion, firefighters overcame two fires: one near the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research and the second near the Superland amusement park.  


The cause of fire at the amusement park appeared to be the ignition of equipment that was in a container belonging to one of the park’s vendors.

השתלטו על האש בחיפה  (צילום: אושר טקאטש)

Haifa fire (Photo: Osher Tckatchs)


Earlier Saturday, two tourists sustained burns in a fire at Ben Shemen Forest and were taken to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center for treatment.


Firefighters from the Ayalon station arrived at the scene and worked to extinguish the flames.

השריפה צפונית לכנרת (צילום: דוברות כבאות גליל עליון)

Fire north of Kinneret (Photo: Upper Galilee Fire Department)


Firefighter planes were also called to the scene of a fire near Yavne'el in the north, even as firefighters were called to the scene of a briar patch fire in Haifa's Kababir neighborhood. Firefighters overcame the flames within a short time, and no injuries or damage were reported.


Three firefighting teams from the Haifa station were on the scene at Kababir, together with the shift commander.


Another fire erupted north of the Kinneret, near Moshav Almagor, where residents who live nearby were evacuated as a precaution, but police allowed them to return to their homes within the hour.  


Once firefighters overcame the fires in the north, Spokesman of the Upper Galilee and Golan Fire Department, Nathan Ben Shimon, said: "Things are looking better. Two additional teams arrived at the scene."


According to Shimon, dozens of dunams caught fire, and flames almost reached residential areas.


Fire departments have been prepared for fires nationwide, due to the expected heat wave, peaks of which were reported to have reached 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit).


The nation is marking the holiday of Lag B'Omer Saturday evening, when bonfires are expected to be lit as part of the holiday tradition.



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