Fire - Nir Hasson - July 17, 2011
A firefighting plane over the Jerusalem Forest, July 17, 2011 Photo by Nir Hasson
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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.

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.