Fire in Talmon
Fire in Talmon Judea and Samaria Fire and Rescue Services

Firefighters were able to extinguish on Thursday morning the wildfire which broke out near the community of Talmon in the Binyamin region.

The community said overnight Wednesday that some of the families who were evacuated from their homes had returned and that schools will be open as usual on Thursday morning.

21 teams, including 55 firefighters and volunteers, worked throughout the night to extinguish the flames.

Meanwhile, the fire in Nataf, which is located in the Judean Mountains west of Jerusalem, intensified overnight Wednesday and was in danger of reaching Highway 1 and the community of Neve Ilan.

Israel is preparing to receive assistance from Croatia, Italy, Greece and Cyprus, all of which responded to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s call for assistance in battling the fires.

The countries will send eight firefighting planes that can carry at least 10 tons of fire retardant. The planes are expected to arrive in Israel on Thursday.

Netanyahu said on Wednesday that indications are that some of the wildfires were a result of arson.

“There is also some evidence of arson,” Netanyahu said during a visit to the Fire and Rescue Service command center.

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