Tzur Hadassah fire under control, evacuated families to return home soon

Written by on June 4, 2021

The past few days have seen multiple fires break out throughout Israel.

A fire in Tzur Hadassah rages uncontrollably as firefighters work to extinguish it, June 4, 2021 (photo credit: JUDEA AND SAMARIA FIRE DEPARMENT)

A fire in Tzur Hadassah rages uncontrollably as firefighters work to extinguish it, June 4, 2021

(photo credit: JUDEA AND SAMARIA FIRE DEPARMENT)

The firefighting and rescue services have gained control over a large wildfire in Tzur Hadassah after several hours.

Local authorities are expected to shortly issue instructions about returning to routine, and the 400 families who were evacuated from the town northwest of Beitar Illit on Friday afternoon will soon be able to return home.

The Health Ministry, along with the Environmental Protection Ministry, have issued a recommendation for heart and lung disease patients, the elderly, children, and pregnant women to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities, and, along with all all other residents, to avoid strenuous physical activity.

Some ten firefighting planes and 16 firefighting teams are operating at the scene, and Israel Police are monitoring the area.

Route 375 was closed to traffic going west as a result of the fire for a short amount of time, but traffic has now resumed.

The fire has spread over 12 acres of land.

A fire in Tzur Hadassah rages uncontrollably as firefighters work to extinguish it, June 4, 2021. (Credit: JUDEA AND SAMARIA FIRE DEPARMENT)A fire in Tzur Hadassah rages uncontrollably as firefighters work to extinguish it, June 4, 2021. (Credit: JUDEA AND SAMARIA FIRE DEPARMENT)

A fire has also broken out in southern Israel near Be’er Tuviya at a factory and warehouse which makes and stores plastic goods. 

The firefighters are working to prevent the fire from spreading to the internal compound of the factory, and have tried to lower the flames combustion temperature of the fire.

“Thanks to the fire safety systems that are required by the fire and rescue services which were implemented before the crews arrived, the fire was prevented from entering the factory,” said the Ashdod fire station’s deputy commander Ariel Danan. 

The fire was contained and prevented from spreading to nearby factories and is now under control, according to Fire and Rescue spokesperson for Israel’s southern district Eli Cohen.

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