Fires across Jerusalem force evacuations

Out of control blaze in Ramot forest likely caused by Lag BaOmer bonfire, while fires rage near Gilo neighborhood and Mevaseret.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Fire in Jerusalem
Fire in Jerusalem
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Fires broke out across the capital on Thursday, forcing evacuations across the city.

In northern Jerusalem, firefighters struggled Thursday afternoon to control a forest fire threatening the nearby neighborhood of Ramot.

The cause of the blaze is believed to be a Lag Ba’Omer bonfire.

Fierce winds have helped spread the fire, which now threatens a number of homes.

Firefighters have warned residents of the Masholim sector of Ramot to evacuate immediately.

On the city’s southern edge, two buildings in Gilo were evacuated because of a nearby brushfire.

To the west, a fire near the neighboring community of Mevaseret threatened houses on the outskirts of town, leading authorities to begin evacuations of residents.



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