Carmel Forest fire
The charred remains of part of the Carmel Forest in wake of massive blaze. Photo by Alon Ron
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Tens of thousands of Israelis on Saturday visited the Carmel hills region, which only three weeks ago suffered the worst forest fire in Israeli history.

Heavy traffic was reported on Saturday afternoon in the area between Beit Oren junction and Damon junction.

Visitors came to see with their own eyes the site where 44 people died when a bus carrying Prison Service cadets got caught in the flames on December 2.

The Nature and Parks Authority announced on Saturday the reopening of hiking trails in the Carmel hills region. The trails had been closed due to the damage caused by the fire.