A large forest fire was raging Thursday afternoon in the Carmel Forest. The blaze was spreading quickly, and as a result some residents in the village of Usfiya were evacuated from their homes. Firefighters from Haifa and several Galilee localities were working to contain the blaze, which was burning still out of control Thursday afternoon. Planes are being used in an attempt to put the fire out.
A state of emergency was declared in the area, and local authorities issued a call for all available firefighters from around the country to volunteer to fight the blaze, if they are available.