Fire rages in Jerusalem Forest, spreading toward oil refinery
Firefighters struggle to put out a growing fire in west Jerusalem; Rescue teams evacuate Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.
Firefighters are battling a large fire that broke out Sunday in the Jerusalem Forest and Mount Herzl area in the west of the city. The fire is approaching the Har Nof, Bayit Vagan neighborhoods and the Pi Glilot oil refinery.
Rescue teams have evacuated the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial nearby. One worker suffered from smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital.
The Fire Department spokesman said on Channel 10 that "large teams of firefighters have been deployed in the entire area, and curious onlookers should clear out. Firefighting planes are flying above us in an attempt to put out the fire."
On Saturday, a fire broke out near the Church of Capernaum on the northern shore of Lake Kinneret, causing significant damage to adjacent banana groves.
The fire began afternoon in a brush-field near Route 87. The blaze spread quickly to a parking lot near the church, with four cars catching fire and others damaged. The fire then moved on to a banana grove, causing serious destruction.
Three firefighting teams arrived from Tiberius, successfully containing the fire and extinguishing it after several hours.