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Homes evacuated after wildfire breaks out near Ness Ziona

No damage or injuries reported as dozens of firefighters gain control of blaze sparked near central town amid high winds

A wildfire nearing Givat Yearim outside Jerusalem, August 16, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A wildfire nearing Givat Yearim outside Jerusalem, August 16, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Police were forced to evacuate homes in Ness Ziona on Monday, as firefighters struggled to contain a wildfire that broke out near the central town.

The wildfire started in an open field between Ness Ziona and the adjacent town of Irus on Monday. About 15 firefighting crews were working to extinguish the fire, but as a precaution the police evacuated the first line of homes closest to the blaze.

Firefighters eventually managed to get the blaze under the control, and remained in the area to ensure to hotspots reignited. Residents were asked to say away.

No injuries or damage to homes or property was reported, according to local news site Ness Ziona Net.

The wildfire came as the region saw a larger-than-average jump in temperatures on Monday from 59°F (15°C) in the morning to 87°F (31°C) by late afternoon. The Israel Meteorological Service reported that strong winds would prevail in the south and would pick up during the day, particularly along the country’s coast.

Temperatures were expected to hover around seasonal averages for next three days.

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