Fire forces evacuation in western Samaria

Blaze near Elkana neighborhood forces partial evacuation of town.

David Rosenberg,

Israeli firefighters battle forest fire (file)
Israeli firefighters battle forest fire (file)
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

An out-of-control fire blazing outside of the western Samarian community of Elkana on Monday has forced a partial evacuation of the town.

The fire burned uncontained Monday morning outside of the Magen Dan neighborhood of Elkana, located just east of Rosh Ha’Ayin and Petach Tikva.

By Monday afternoon, firefighters were still unable to control the blaze, prompting the Elkana town council to issue a voluntary evacuation of the neighborhood.

Residents of Magen Dan have been warned that smoke from the approaching fire has reached potentially hazardous levels, and that they should leave the neighborhood until the blaze has been extinguished.