Firefighters Battle Blaze in Northern Israel

Dozens of residents evacuated from their homes in the Western Galilee region; Highway 70 closed between Ahihud and Yavor junctions, causing heavy traffic.

A brushfire broke out between Kibbutz Yasur and Moshav Ahihud in the Western Galilee region of northern Israel on Friday.

After hours of battling the blaze, firefighters have gained complete control over it.

A firefighting plane over the Jerusalem Forest, July 17, 2011Nir Hasson

24 fire engines and five firefighting aircraft were used in the effort.

Dozens of area residents were evacuated from their homes.

Highway 70 has been closed between the Ahihud and Yavor junctions, causing heavy traffic in the region.

The cause of the blaze is as of yet unknown.