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Police close Route 1 as wildfire rages

Firefighters are combating a massive wildfire outside the Jerusalem suburb of Even Sapir, west of the city.

Entrance to the town has been closed due to the blaze, which is reportedly encroaching on homes. Police are evacuating residents and are closing traffic into Jerusalem on Route 1.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear, but temperatures in the hills around Jerusalem have been in the 90s Fahrenheit for several days.

Emergency teams are also working to fight a blaze near the West Bank settlement of Alon Moreh, near Nablus.

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