UPDATE:The mood is not optimistic after more than 35 hours battling what is the worst fire in Israel’s
history, reports Hezy Levi, a Haifa region fire fighter who is on the scene.
“We are working around the clock,” said Levi, “and are receiving help from Greece, Cyprus,
Russia, Britain and Turkey, but we are short on supplies—firetrucks, hoses, extinguishing agents,
airplanes, you name it.”
Levi reported that 2 firefighters have died in addition to the 41 prison guards, more than 25,000
people have been evacuated, residential homes have been lost and more than 7,000 acres of forests
are on fire – about ½ of the Carmel Forest. Many people are being treated for burns and smoke inhalation.
“We have deployed all of Israel’s firefighters, from Eilat all the way up, but right now there is no end in
They need your help. Israel’s firefighters are desperately short on supplies. JNF is the U.S. fundraising
arm of Friends of Israel Firefighters. To donate to the relief effort, and arm the firefighters with the protective
gear and equipment they need, go to www.jnf.org/fifdonate.
To donate to the relief effort, and to arm the firefighters with the protective gear
and equipment they need, go to www.jnf.org/fifdonate.