Firefighters gain control of fire near Megiddo
Firefighter crews and police officers worked together to extinguish a fire that broke out in a forest between Megiddo National Park and the Arab village of Musmus; approximately 100,000 Israelis travel to nature reserves and national parks around the country.
Ten firefighter crews from the Afula District Fire Station and other neighboring fire stations worked together to extinguish a large fire in Megiddo. Two firefighting planes helped the crews. After 6pm, the crews successfully took control of the fire.
Police officers evacuated hikers from Megiddo National Park and the Ramot Menashe Park and established joint operations room with the firefighters.
The fire broke out in a forest between the Megiddo Junction and Musmus, an Arab village. The commander of the Afula Fire Station, Tefser Mickey Cohen, said that there had been a fire on Friday in the same area and there were fires in a number of new locations on Saturday
On Saturday, Shavuot eve, approximately 100,000 Israelis went to nature reserves and national parks. Most of them went to Yarkon National Park, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Gan HaShlosha National Park, Achziv National Park and Dor Beach.
Many Israelis also traveled to the Fisherman's Park near Zichron Ya'akov. The police there reported that parking lots had reached maximum capacity and asked additional citizens not to come.