Heat wave leads to wildfires across Israel

Behind The News

A series of fires in different locations raged throughout the country over the weekend, due to the ongoing heat wave. Hikers were evacuated from the western section of Tel Dan Nature Reserve in the Upper Galilee due to a fire that broke out on Saturday. Firefighting forces were dispatched to the area, and the reserve’s access road has been closed.

A larger brushfire continues in Kfar Nin, outside Afula. Seventeen firefighting forces from across the northern region are working alongside six helicopters to prevent the flames from reaching the village’s residences. As of yet, the residents have not been evacuated.

Since Saturday morning, ten northern firefighting teams and four helicopters have been battling a conflagration in a valley next to the Beit Keshet kibbutz. Some thousand dunams of natural woodlands and brush are ablaze. Volunteers from the Lower Galilee Regional Council are assisting, along with Border and Israel Police.


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