Friday, December 3, 2010

We Need Your Prayers - Carmel is on Fire

We are terrifying, my mother in law is living in Haifa, few kilometers from the fire. This is horrifying, so beautiful places are no longer exist. 41 people are dead, may their soul rest in peace. Fire is approaching in horrendous speed of 600 meters in hour.  
Nature reserve Hai Bar was vanished, there was a lot of animals and there was no chance for them to survive. I am sitting in front of the TV wiping my tears, my heart is broken. So beautiful places, forests, gardens, people dreams.
From the Jerusalem post:
"...The Carmel fire was spreading late Friday night from the direction of Haifa University towards the neighborhood of Denya in the city. Over 8,600 acres (35,000 dunams) had burned as of Friday evening. Firefighters said that it could take a week before they are able to extinguish the blaze, Channel 10 reported. Winds showed no sign of dying down overnight.
Firefighters managed to contain fires that were raging in the villages of Usfiya and Nir Etzion, however several smaller fires broke out throughout the North. Most recently, a forest fire broke out in the early night-time hours near Tal-El in the lower Galilee.
Sometime after 6 p.m. Friday, a fire was reported near the Galilee village of Adi. Police said that there was no risk to life at the time, but some residents voluntarily evacuated their homes. The fire was under control an hour later.
In a forest adjacent to Kfar Mashad in the Nazereth area, another fire broke out in the evening. Firefighters were investigating the possibility of arson.
Earlier in the evening, a wildfire started near Route 70, south of Haifa in the southern Carmel mountains near Bat Shlomo. Routes 70 and 672 were closed to traffic for several hours. Firefighters successfully put out that fire some time after 6 p.m.
At around 5 p.m., the fire-fighting planes were forced to halt their operations fighting the Carmel fire for the night. The aircraft will continue their operations at first light in the morning.
Earlier, Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told the Post that there are 3 fire centers - Tzur Shalom, the Atlit - Tirat Hacarmel area, and the Carmel hillsides.
A Fire Department spokesman Friday morning told The Jerusalem Post on Friday that Haifa is no longer in danger from the brush fires.
The fire is now focused on the Carmel hillsides and the Atlit region of Route 4, the spokesman stated.
"We won't put this out by today but we are aiming to significantly weaken the fire by sunset," he added.
The spokeman's statement came as northern Israel was in a state of emergency as the worst ever fire in the country's history incinerated a bus carrying dozens of members of the Israel Prisons Service, killing everyone on board, destroying thousands upon thousands of dunams of forests on the Carmel Mountain ridge and injuring dozens.

1 comment:

EVA SB said...

This is horrible - the TV channels are showing news non-stop and the music channel has changed to quiet music suitable for a day of mourning..
We could even see the smoke from our home yesterday though it seems today they are finally getting it under control.
The smaller fires were the work of troublemakers taking advantage of the situation.
The good news is that although the Hai Bar Park has been partially damage the animals were released into the wild (they are indigenous and not dangerous) and have been safely rounded up this morning.

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