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.