Israel’s Worst Fire in Modern History Kills 40 and Rages On In Bio-reserve

Believed to have been started by arsonists, a deadly fire is racing out of control in UNESCO-protected Carmel Mountain.  People, and animals, are being evacuated. Death toll is at 40.

Some 40 people trapped in a bus are known to have been killed and 45 more reportedly injured as a massive fire on Israel’s Mount Carmel rages on. Believed to have been started by arsonists, the fire broke out in a cedar forest around noon near Isifiya, a Druize village. Although the winter season has officially started, the rains despite the prayers, have not come, leaving the forest vulnerable to attacks.

Towns, villages and Haifa University have been evacuated, as well as a prison holding 500 prisoners. As we speak, planes and firefighters are working to contain the blaze, while specialists have been brought into the scene to help evacuate animals living at the Hai Bar Nature Reserve on Mount Carmel.

The Israeli Ministry of Health have warned residents not evacuated to stay indoors since hazardous substances in the area may be burning. And the national electric company, the IEC has asked for appliances to be switched off to reduce the load on the grid. Power lines have been damaged.

According to the Jerusalem Post the majority of those killed in an overturned bus that caught fire were prison wardens on route to evacuate prisoners from a nearby jail. About 6,000 dumans of land have been destroyed according to reports from about 6 PM.

This is a tragedy. Read more on the importance of the Carmel Mountain here.

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4 thoughts on “Israel’s Worst Fire in Modern History Kills 40 and Rages On In Bio-reserve”

  1. Allissa says:

    I agree the deaths have been tragic, but why is that media insists that burned land is “destroyed.” I venture to guess that in 10 years the area will be thriving with new life.

  2. lian says:

    Hi I’m from Israel
    Thanks for all the support that you give, we hope that all ends soon
    Pray for Israel

  3. Ynet reports that the cause may have been illegal dumping:,7340,L-3993206,00.html

  4. This is devastating news.

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