Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway Closes Due to Large Fire

Six air tankers called to help firefighting efforts, made difficult by heavy winds in the area.

Forest fire in Abu Ghosh, June 17, 2014.Emil Salman

A large forest fire raged Tuesday afternoon between Ma'ale Hahamisha and Abu Ghosh, near Jerusalem. Route 1 between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem was closed to traffic in the direction of Tel Aviv.

Six air tankers were called to help firefighting efforts, which was made difficult by heavy winds in the area.

In a separate incident, a fire has been raging since last Thursday in a pirate waste site in Haifa. The fire has caused unusual levels of air pollution in neighboring areas. Authorities say it make take several days to put it out due to the large amounts of waste.