On 2 December 2010, a wildfire swept through the Carmel mountain range in Israel, raging for nearly 82 hours. The fire came under control by 6 December, claiming 42 lives and injuring 33. (OCHA, 06 Dec 2010)
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.
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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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.
- 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 for …
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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 …
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.
Police appealed …
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 to this moment but …