Israel was hit by huge fires: 50 houses were damaged but no one was hurt

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Agriculture May 24, 2019

Israel was hit by huge fires yesterday, mainly in the Ben Shemen Forest and in Kibbutz Harel. It turns out that Lag BaOmer celebrations did not extinguish the fires properly and the fire returned to the fire due to a heat wave that hit Israel. 40 of 50 houses in two settlements in Kibbutz Harel and Mevo Modi'in were damaged.
The town of Mevo Modi'in suffered heavy destruction. In Kibbutz Harel, too, six houses were set on fire - and the residents were not allowed to return to their homes. Thousands of residents were evacuated and spent the night in various places. Road 443 was blocked in the Ben Shemen Forest area. Croatia, Greece, and Cyprus have expressed willingness to send firefighting aircraft to help Israel control the fire. The extreme weather will continue today.
In total, many houses were damaged to varying degrees by the huge fires that hit the settlement of Mevo Modiim, near the Ben Shemen Forest. There were no casualties. In Kibbutz Harel, six houses were also set on fire and thousands of residents were evacuated and spent the night in various places.
Four countries - Italy, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus - have expressed willingness to send firefighting planes to help Israel take control of the fire. The planes could only leave in daylight. The Foreign Ministry said: "We thank these countries for expressing their willingness and their willingness to help."
At night, at the end of the assessment, it was reported that the fire fighters had succeeded in stopping the fires and that the fire was currently spreading slowly and did not constitute an immediate danger to the settlements on Route 44. In addition, In the area of ​​Har Tnufa, in the area of ​​Tarom and east of Kibbutz Harel.
The police estimate that the main damage to the property was caused by Kibbutz Harel, where the fire destroyed houses, warehouses, vehicles and agricultural equipment, and hundreds of dunams of wood were burned from the forest and grove around the settlements of Kfar Uriya, Harel, Maoz and Tarom. The residents of Kibbutz Harel and Tarom are still not allowed to return to their homes. Due to the fire in the Ben Shemen Forest, road 443 was blocked from the Shilat Junction until Ben Shemen Junction until further notice, and apart from Mevo Modi'in, the residents were evacuated from the settlements of Gamzu, Shilat, Kfar Ruth, Neot Kedumim, Adam facility, Kfar Daniel and Monkey Park.
Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Thursday held an assessment with the Police Commissioner, the Firefighting and Rescue Commissioner, MDA, the National Emergency Authority and the local government regarding the fire wave and firefighting efforts. Ardan also spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who instructed that international air aid be brought in to extinguish fires. "On Friday, even more difficult weather is expected, and we must prepare for continued efforts in terms of the allocation of forces and means," Ardan said, adding that "rapid investigations should be conducted of fires suspected of arson and ground and aerial observations, . Ardan said that "we must also prepare for the possibility of declaring a civil emergency if the events demand it."
The meteorological service reported that the heat wave that began on Wednesday intensified yesterday, and temperatures were measured at 43 to 45 degrees in the central and southern coastal plain, in the coastal plain, in the northern Negev, in the Jezreel Valley, in the Jordan Valley and in the Arava, 35 to 37 degrees in the mountains and 33 to 36 degrees in the coastal strip.
In two service stations, the peak for May was broken: the Besor Farm (44.7 degrees) and Maaleh Adumim (40.4 degrees). It should be noted that at the Busor station this is a record for all months of the year. The heat wave will continue on Friday and it is reasonable to assume that extreme temperatures will continue to be accepted.
 

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