Jerusalem Fires Have Been Put Out, Firefighters Say

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A firefighting plane extinguishes blazes in the Judean Hills
A firefighting plane extinguishes blazes in the Judean HillsCredit: Noam Rifkin Panton

The fires that devastated Jerusalem earlier this week renewed again on Thursday, and have since been put out, the Israeli Fire and Rescue Service announced Thursday.

Firefighters say that the blaze returned at Har Etan in the Judean Hills following increased wind speeds and dry conditions.  

Har Etan, the location where the Jerusalem fires have renewedCredit: Google Maps

However, they have since been put out, and don't present any immediate threat to local homes or properties.  

Four firefighting planes were deployed to battle the blaze, as well as 12 firefighting teams. 

On Tuesday, firefighters gained full control over a huge fire in the Judean Hills, two days after several fires in the Jerusalem area began spreading outward.   

Some 1,500 firefighters worked for 52 hours as they battled to subdue the flames at seven locations. In addition to 204 firefighting teams, 20 firefighter planes were used. 

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