Golan fire
Fire ravages Golan, July 15, 2011. Photo by Gil Eliyahu
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Firefighters extinguished a fire in the Golan on Friday, after battling the blaze that broke out in the Ein Tina Nature Reserve on Thursday. The fire ravaged the north Israel area, destroying 10,000 dunam of land and vegetation.

Four planes and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) were brought in to help manage the fire, and firefighters were finally able to put out the fire completely on Friday afternoon, nearly a day after the blaze began.

Hikers have been asked to refrain from visiting the Ein Tina Reserve until fire services have ensured that the area is safe.

The massive fire erupted on Thursday at 2:00 P.M. in the eastern part of the Golan Hula Valley, spreading quickly and forcing hikers to flee the flames, Danny Hananya, head of fire and rescue services in the Golan Heights said in a statement.

Six people in including a pregnant woman were lightly injured in the fire, all suffering from smoke inhalation. The pregnant woman was in her eighth month, and was rushed to the delivery room after she went into labor due to the shock of the trauma. A couple and their two children, ages three and eight, were admitted for mild scratches they attained while escaping the fire.