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The State Comptroller’s Report on the Carmel Fire: Implications for the Preparedness of the Civilian Front

As expected, the State Comptroller’s report on the Carmel fire (“Report on the Carmel Fire of December 2010: Failures, Mistakes, and Conclusions, June 2012”) sparked a fleeting local storm in the Israeli media and public. As over the past eighteen months, most of the uproar focused on the questions regarding the political echelon’s responsibility for the disaster and the serious failures in the performance of the fire-fighting system.

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Botswana + 7 others
Global: Developing countries hardest hit by wildfires


BANGKOK, 28 June 2011 (IRIN) - Wildfires burn several hundred million hectares of vegetation around the world each year and appear to be growing in number and extent, but their impact on developing countries is particularly worrying, experts say.


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Afghanistan + 12 others
OCHA ROMENACA Regional Humanitarian Update - December 2010

in this issue

P.2 Morocco Red Crescent responds to Flash Floods

P.2 WFP extends Emergency Response to Syria Drought

P.2 Afghanistan: Bleak Outlook for Food Security in 2011

P.3 Numbers that mattered in 2010

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Major Fire in Israel

On 2 December, around midday, a bushfire started near the village of Usfia, on Mount Carmel. The fire spread rapidly due to the dry weather conditions and strong winds. Immediately, the Carmel region of Magen David Adom (MDA)- Israel's equivalent of a National Red Cross Red Crescent Society and a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - called in additional resources so they would be ready to respond.

As a result of the blaze, a mandatory evacuation of some villages was ordered by the police including a village

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Israel needs major overhaul of fire service-report

* Ministers' failings blamed for dire state of fire service

* Netanyahu: Aircraft needed to fight major forest fires

By Ori Lewis

JERUSALEM, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Israel's firefighting services require a major overhaul after years of neglect, an official report said on Wednesday, days after the country was forced to ask for international help to douse its worst-ever forest blaze.

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss's findings, compiled over several years and published two days after the fire in northern Israel that killed 42 people was extinguished, called

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Utile participation de la Suisse à l'extinction des incendies en Israël

Les violents incendies qui ont ravagé le nord d'Israël et fait 42 morts ont pu être éteints moyennant une aide étrangère. Les trois hélicoptères suisses restent prêts à reprendre l'air après leurs interventions, même si l'aide étrangère est close dans son ensemble. Lors d'une cérémonie de remerciements, le gouvernement israélien a rendu hommage aux efforts du personnel étranger envoyé par quinze pays.

Les trois hélicoptères suisses ont été en service dans le cadre de l'aide internationale de lutte contre l'incendie jusqu'à la maîtrise complète des feux et la clôture de l'aide étrangère.

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Aviation EMERCOM of Russia finished fire extinguishing operation in Israel and returned to Moscow

About 16 flights and 74 water discharges were made by the aviation group EMERCOM of Russia since 4 December in the area of Karmel Mountain (near Haifa). The total amount of flight hours was 24 hours 48 minutes.

The Government of Israel and the local population highly appreciated the work of the Russian aviation.

In total, about 40 aircrafts were engaged in the fire extinguishing operation including two Il-76 planes and two amphibious Be-200 planes EMERCOM of Russia.

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Swiss fire-fighting engagement in Israel successful

With international assistance, the widespread fires that claimed 42 lives in northern Israel have been put out. The three Swiss helicopters that were deployed are standing by in case they are needed again. Overall, however, the international aid operation has been concluded. In a ceremony of thanks, the Israeli government recognized the achievements of helpers from 15 countries.

As part of the international assistance programme, the three Swiss helicopters were used for fire-fighting flights until the fires were finally brought under control and the operations of

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Israel fire quelled, senior policewoman dies of burns

(Recasts with police commander's death, new fire suspect)

JERUSALEM, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Israel's most senior policewoman died on Monday of severe injuries suffered in a huge forest fire, raising the death toll in the blaze to 42.

Police said the fires that consumed more than 12,000 acres (5,000 hectares) of woodlands, millions of trees and more than 100 homes, were extinguished on Monday, five days after taking hold of the Carmel ridge outside the port city of Haifa.

Efforts to beat down the inferno were helped by overnight rains,and emergency equipment rushed to Israel from

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Israel: Carmel Fire Situation Report #2 - 6 December 2010

This report was issued by field office for oPt. It covers the period from 4/12/2010 to 6/12/2010. Unless there is a resumption of the fires this will be the final situation report.


- Israeli Firefighting services, on Sunday night (5 December) announced the end of the wildfire emergency on Mount Carmel.

- Estimated casualties include 42 persons killed, 33 injured and 15,000 displaced.

- Most international support forces have left the country

- The first rains of the season, about 2-3 mm, fell overnight on 5/6 December.

- 24 countries provided assistance

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US supertanker joins air war on Israeli blaze

By Sara Hussein (AFP)

HAIFA, Israel - The world's biggest firefighting plane on Sunday joined an international offensive against the worst forest fire in Israel's history, dumping tons of water and chemicals on the flames.

Despite fires sweeping hills around the northern city of Haifa for a fourth day, hopes were high that the arrival in Israel of the chartered Boeing Supertanker would finally tip the balance.

The Israeli military said that the plane's US crew had been joined by two Israeli air force pilots and a base commander, acting as liaison.

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Israeli fire under control after four days

05 Dec 2010

Source: reuters // Reuters

* Blaze could still re-ignite - firefighting spokesman

* Netanyahu cabinet okays aid to fire-stricken area

(Updates with fire chief says fire under control)

By Rami Amichai

TIRAT CARMEL, Israel, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Firefighters brought a four-day-old forest fire that killed 41 people under control on Sunday and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government faced calls for officials to be sacked.

"We have gained control of the fire, I say this with a restrained smile...people have given their all to get

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Israel: Mda personnel tell of the rescue operation "WE HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH SIGHTS IN THE PAST"

Hundreds of MDA personnel are working around the clock in the area of the fire and are helping with saving lives "the stories of MDA personnel who have returned from the disaster

Hundreds of MDA personnel are working all over the region of the fire on the Carmel. Many of them are treating the wounded and are busy with saving lives in different places.

Pninit Boyev , a senior medic, yesterday arrived with the ambulance team close to the Damon Prison. Whilst the teams were off loading the equipment from the Mass Casualty Incident vehicle,

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Update - Friday Dec. 3. 2010. 11:00 AM- A giant blaze seriously threatening Carmel forest and surrounding communities in northern Israel

05-12-10 , 00:26

December 3nd 2010, Carmel Region- Haifa

MDA Teams, headed by MDA Director General are on High Alert at the Carmel MDA Region.

300 Paramedics, Medics with 67 Ambulances, 11 MICU's, 2 MCRV's, 1 Helicopter, are spread throughout the communities and villages in the severely damaged area in the Carmel Forest. MDA Logistics Division is supporting the teams with food, water, warm clothes.

MDA Blood Services have supplied 320 units of Blood Components and 39 Blood Units to the Haifa Hospitals

45 Paramedics with 15 MICUs ready to

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Dutch fire helicopters no longer needed in Israel

The Israeli government has told foreign minister Uri Rosenthal that the fire helicopters offered by the Netherlands are no longer needed. The helicopters were already on their way to Israel when the announcement was made. They are now returning home.

Last Friday, Mr Rosenthal, along with defence minister Hans Hillen, offered to send four helicopters to fight forest fires near the Israeli city of Haifa. The fires have been raging on the city's outskirts since Thursday. They are difficult to put out owing to dry conditions and strong winds.

Israel also said it would appreciate

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U.S. Fire Suppression Experts and Supplies Arrive in Israel

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) arrived in Haifa, Israel on December 5 to help combat the wildfires that began on December 2 in Northern Israel. In addition, the United States transported nearly 70 metric tons (MT) of fire suppressant and 3,800 gallons of fire retardant concentrate to Israel on December 5.

"We are relieved to learn from the government of Israel that the fires are contained and commend them for leading and coordinating an extraordinary international effort to suppress