Authorities evacuated Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael Street in Tiv'on, near Haifa, Thursday afternoon, as a forest fire spread toward the community from the direction of Kibbutz Sha'ar Ha'amakim. Earlier Carmel and Zevulun Streets were evacuated. The Amakim and Shomerim Junctions were closed in the direction of the community.
Two houses have been damaged by the fire but there were no reports of human casualties as 27 fire companies, assisted by firefighting aircraft, battled the blaze. Southerly winds were credited with keeping the fire from spreading more quickly in the direction of the homes.