A fire broke out yesterday on Mount Meron in the Upper Galilee, the third blaze in the area within a day. Ten firefighting teams and four firefighting aircraft were working to douse the fire, which erupted close to Moshav Amirim on the slopes of Mount Meron.
The spokesman for the fire and rescue services in the north, Natan Ben-Shimol, said that firefighters and the police had decided to evacuate at least 10 families from Moshav Amirim, who live in the first row of houses near the forested area.
The Israel Electric Corporation cut power to the area and the police closed Highway 89 to traffic between Kibbutz Farod and Moshav Shefer, where firefighters have set up a command post.
The first of the three fires broke out on Saturday at around 4 P.M. Twenty-three firefighting teams battled until 11 P.M. to douse the blaze, which according to Ben-Shimol decimated hundreds of dunams of natural woodlands.
The second fire began yesterday morning in an area north of the site of the first blaze, near the summit of Mount Meron, burning dozens of dunams of natural vegetation in the Mount Meron Nature Reserve before it was brought under control by ground and aerial firefighting teams.
The wave of fires in the same area raised suspicions, according to a senior figure in the fire and rescue services’ northern district. However, the authorities do not know whether the fires were caused by burning embers left by campers or by arson.