Residents of the western Galilee communities of Achihood and Yas'ur were evacuated after a large fire broke out, late Friday morning, near the Yagur Junction on Highway 70. Ten firefighting companies and two firefighting aircraft were initially sent to battle the blaze. Those numbers doubled, shortly after 1:00 p.m.
Large forces of police were also sent to the scene. The highway was closed to traffic between the Yagur Junction and the Achihood Junction, and other roads leading to the fire area.