The Prime Minister's Office said, Sunday evening, that it would study the State Comptroller's report about last autumn's Carmel Ridge fire, near Haifa, and take it seriously. The fire killed 44 people, most of whom were Prisons Service cadets who were on a bus that got caught on a bus en route to evacuating an area prison. The fire burned thousands of dunams of land.
The 450-page report is critical of the state's handling of the fire, while citing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for arranging for the firefighting planes that eventually helped bring the fire under control. The statement by his office notes the establishment of the national firefighting squadron that has helped put out 70 fires, including a recent major blaze in the Jerusalem Forest, which threatened the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial institution and the Pi Gelilot fuel installation.