Homes evacuated as firefighters struggle to contain forest fire near Beit Shemesh

Michael Horovitz is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel

A wildfire burns in the President's Forest outside Moshav Tarum, near the city of Beit Shemesh, August 25, 2022. (Fire and Rescue Services)
A wildfire burns in the President's Forest outside Moshav Tarum, near the city of Beit Shemesh, August 25, 2022. (Fire and Rescue Services)

A forest fire outside the city of Beit Shemesh prompts the evacuation of homes in a nearby agricultural community, as firefighters battle to bring the blaze under control.

Six planes and a police helicopter join 20 firefighting teams to try and extinguish the fire, which broke out in the afternoon at the President’s Forest.

An additional 15 teams are on their way, according to a Fire and Rescue Services statement.

The first line of houses closest to the fire in Moshav Tarum has been cleared out, though Fire and Rescue services say there is no immediate danger to the buildings.

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