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Arson Suspected in Jerusalem Forest Fire

At about 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 17, 2011, a fire erupted in the Jerusalem Forest at three different spots simultaneously. At the present time, police officers and fire department investigators are looking into the possibility that the fire was the result of arson.

At this stage, it is estimated that 150 dunams (about 15 acres) of forest went up in flames. KKL-JNF teams will be making a more detailed assessment of damage caused by the fire over the next few days. The rapid deployment of KKL-JNF's fire trucks and the resourcefulness of its workers prevented a much larger conflagration. The huge forest fire spread in the direction of the Pi Glilot natural gas storage facility and the Har Nof neighborhood. Fire planes went into action and streets in the region were closed to traffic. The fire was fanned by strong winds and the summer heat, and the flames reached the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, which had to be evacuated.

JNF is putting three new fire trucks on the road this week and about 12 more over the next three months. Donate now to support Israel's firefighters.


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