Emergency services brought a forest fire in northern Israel under control, after several dozen houses in the Galilee town of Ma'alot-Tarshiha were evacuated in the early hours of Sunday, a day after several wildfires in northern and central Israel, fanned by high heat and heavy winds, were put out.
Israel's Fire and Rescue Service said it no longer fears damage to houses. No casualties were reported.
The fire began in a forest on the outskirts of the town. According to the police, one car caught flames and several businesses were damaged.
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Ibrahim Odeh, a resident of Ma'alot-Tarshiha who had to evacuate, said "everything was covered in smoke. We saw the fire moving in an unbelievable speed. We called the fire department, and they got to us right as the fire was reaching the house."
The local municipality invited residents to stay at a local gym until the flames subside.
On Saturday more than 100 families were evacuated in a different area of the Galilee, due to what the fire department suspect was arson.
Another fire broke out near the town of Zeitan, near the Ben-Gurion International Airport, in central Israel. Fires also broke out in the Jerusalem Hills but were subdued by fire and rescue teams with no reported injuries.