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Massive Fire in Golan; 10,000 Dunams Burn

A fire raged in the Golan for almost a day before being brought under control on Friday morning.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 7/15/2011, 12:41 PM / Last Update: 7/15/2011, 12:52 PM

Flash 90

Firefighters managed to bring a major blaze in the Golan under control on Friday morning, but not before it burned 10,000 dunams of land. Police say they expect the fire to be completely out in the near future.

The fire began Thursday afternoon in the Ein Tina nature reserve and spread to Nahal Gilabon. The cause of the blaze is not yet clear. Once the fire is out, experts will begin trying to figure out how it began.

Five firefighting crews and four planes worked to extinguish the flames. Highway 91 was closed to prevent people from entering the area, and dozens of tourists and hikers were evacuated from the area.

Three women suffered mild injuries from smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

Firefighters warned Friday that additional fires may break out in upcoming days due to the hot weather. A fire was reported Thursday on Mount Meron, but was quickly extinguished. Small fires also occurred between Ikhsil and Nazareth, near Kfar Nahaf, and in fields belonging to Kibbutz Yotvata and Kibbutz Grofit.