Huge fire in the Jerusalem area: Houses were evacuated in Kibbutz Ma’ale Hahamisha, roads were blocked

A large fire broke out today (Wednesday) in the wind mountain near Neve Ilan. Many firefighters and firefighting planes have rushed to the scene and are fighting the flames. Currently
No control was achieved and the fire continues to expand and skip to additional hotspots. At this time, many forces are being directed on land and in the air to prevent the fire from reaching near the eight and to Kibbutz Ma’ale Hahamisha, and the commander of the Jerusalem district ordered the evacuation of the residents from the first line of houses in the kibbutz.

The fire in the mountain of the wind. Photo credit: Roi Haimoff
The fire in the Jerusalem mountains (Photo: Danny Zaken)

Police said that following the fire, Road 1 and the entrances to the Hemed interchange in both directions were blocked. Israel Railways has announced that, under the guidance of firefighters, train traffic between Ben Gurion Airport and Jerusalem Yitzhak Navon stations has been stopped, and for the time being trains on the Herzliya-Jerusalem line will begin and end their journey at Ben Gurion Airport.

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The fire near Neve Ilan (Photo: Danny Zaken)The fire near Neve Ilan (Photo: Danny Zaken)

Yesterday, fires broke out in several centers in the Jerusalem area, in some of which the police announced the evacuation of homes close to the fire areas. Six fire crews were called to the fire in Lifta, while ten other teams worked to put out a forest fire that broke out in Moshav Ora.


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