Wildfire in Jerusalem forced residents for evacuation

Published on : Monday, August 16, 2021


The residents of several villages on the outskirts of Jerusalem city were evacuated on Sunday because of a large forest wildfire. The wildfires in wooded hills sent huge smoke clouds billowing over the city.

Israel’s Magen David Adom national ambulance service reported no serious injuries. There appeared to be little danger that the fires, some 10 km (6 miles) west of Jerusalem, would reach the city. Dedi Simchi, Israel’s fire and rescue commissioner, said 12 firefighting planes were deployed along with crews from some 60 fire engines.

Dedi Simchi, Israel’s fire and rescue commissioner said that he was glad to say that we managed to prevent entire communities from being burned.

Emergency services said some four villages were evacuated. At the briefing, Simchi said they no longer faced any “critical danger”, although “there are some pockets, where homes have caught fire which we are extinguishing”. The fire and  rescue commissioner said that the fire fighter would remain deployed throughout the night and possibly over the next few days to prevent the fire from spreading, amid high temperatures and strong winds.

The fire brigade and police officials said it was too early to determine the cause of the fire.

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