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Fire causes black cloud over Jerusalem, prompts evacuation of Beit Meir residents

A brush fire west of Jerusalem, August 15, 2021. (Ariel Kedem/Israel Nature and Parks Authority)
A brush fire west of Jerusalem, August 15, 2021. (Ariel Kedem/Israel Nature and Parks Authority)

A big forest fire is raging west of Jerusalem, causing a huge black cloud that has blocked out the sun for many of Jerusalem’s residents.

The blaze has caused the evacuation of some residents of Beit Meir in the Jerusalem Hills region.

Firefighters are trying to contain the blaze but say it is advancing quickly amid strong winds.

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