Spokesman Yigal Ben-Abu of the western Galilee firefighting district said, Sunday, that at least some of the fires that began burning on Saturday were set deliberately. Interviewed on Arutz Sheva's Hebrew journal, Ben-Abu said there were more than 44 incidents with a total of 33 flashpoints, adding that a number of the incidents had three points of origin, a certain sign of arson. Another piece of evidence is that the fires broke out in areas not generally intended for hikers.
Hundreds of dunams went up in smoke, including about 200 dunams (50 acres) that burned in the Achihood and Yas'ur fire on Friday. About 50 dunams of hand-planted forest were burned in Gilon and Har Gamal. With one or two flashpoints, Ben-Abu conceded that there was a chance of fires that got out of control, such as those associated with the current olive harvest. Fire department investigators will submit their findings to the police in the next few days.