IN PHOTOS: Firefighters Battle the Blaze Across Israel

Fires spread across country for third consecutive day, causing thousands to evacuate their homes.

A firefighter works at the site of wildfires in Haifa on November 24, 2016.
Ariel Schalit, AP

In the third consecutive day of blazes across the country, nearly 9,000 dunams (2,224 acres) were burned in Israel’s biggest natural disaster, geographically, since the Carmel fire of 2010.

Tens of thousands were told to evacuate immediately as fires raged throughout the country. The security establishment increasingly believes that several of the wildfires may have been politically motivated cases of arson, though most of the fires were caused by extreme wind gusts and drought.

Take a look at some of the efforts to battle the blaze across the country over the last few days:

Firefighters extinguish the flames at a Zichron Yaakov home on November 23, 2016.
Rami Shllush
Firefighters help extinguish a fire in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa on November 24, 2016.
Jack Guez, AFP
Smoke from a fire in Haifa, Israel, November 24, 2016.
Rami Shllush
Firefighters run to battle the flames in Zichron Yaakov on November 23, 2016.
Gil Eliahu
A firefighter works at the scene of a fire in Haifa on November 24, 2016.
Gil Eliahu
Firefighters extinguish a fire in Haifa on November 24, 2016.
Moti Milrod
Firefighters at work in the community of Nataf near Jerusalem on November 23, 2016.
Emil Salman