Fire in Gush Etzion
Fire in Gush EtzionGush Etzion security

Firefighters were able to extinguish overnight Tuesday a forest fire that erupted hours ealier near the community of Dolev in the western Binyamin region.

The fire spread in the direction of the line of houses in the uppermost neighborhood of the community, forcing the evacuation of 20 homes.

63 firefighters, assisted by volunteers, had worked throughout the night to extinguish the flames. Three caravans were damaged by the fire.

Meanwhile, the fire in Zichron Yaakov resumed on Wednesday morning as the winds intensified in the area. As a result, residents who returned to their homes on Tuesday night were asked to leave their homes again.

Four firefighting airplanes were dispatched to the area to assist the firefighters.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, a fire erupted in the forest near Gvaot in Gush Etzion. Firefighters, police, and soldiers worked at the scene.

Police said that roads to Gush Etzion that had been closed due to the fire have now been reopened.

In northern Israel, another fire erupted Tuesday evening near Kfar Vradim. Six firefighting teams were called to the scene and there was no danger to nearby houses.

Israel is experiencing dry and windy hamsin-type weather during which fires that begin in forests and empty weed-covered lots are a not unusual result, but it is possible that carelessness or arson played a part in the large number of recent blazes.