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Massive forest fire near Jerusalem drives residents from homes

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A large brushfire broke out Tuesday on the outskirts of Jerusalem close to a number of residential homes, forcing the evacuation of dozens of families.

Despite the ongoing heatwave, the local fire chief said the blaze was likely started by people rather than the weather.

Six firefighting planes dumped retardant on the flames as 11 firefighter units worked to contain the blaze, which was approaching the community of Shoresh, about five kilometers west of Jerusalem.

Another 13 firefighting units from other parts of the country were drafted to assist in the emergency, Hebrew media reported.

The fire spread over an area of around 24 acres and came to within 350 meters of Shoresh.

Some 60 families were told to leave their homes, Fire and Rescue Services Jerusalem District Commander Nissim Twito told the Kan public broadcaster.

מפקד מחוז ירושלים בכבאות, טפסר ניסים טוויטו: "כ-60 משפחות פונו בשורש, האש מאיימת על תחנת הדלק במחלף שואבה. תחנת........

© The Times of Israel

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