Firefighters struggle against huge forest fire raging in Jerusalem

Firefighters struggle against huge forest fire raging in Jerusalem

A forest has gone up in flames in Jerusalem (Stock image)

Friday, October 27, 2017

A huge forest fire is raging in Jerusalem whilst at least 15 fire crews and four planes try to fight it.

The fire in the Sataf area started yesterday (October 26) meaning it has now been raging for around 24 hours, according to The Times of Israel.

It is estimated that around 500 acres of land has been completely burned, however it is not yet clear how the fire started.

During the night, one of the fire engines was burnt out due to the fire, but luckily no firefighters were injured.

Officials say part of the fire is now burning on the side of a mountain, meaning the terrain is making the task of spraying water towards the flames difficult for firefighters.

The area itself is famous for ancient ruins, trails and streams, and Jerusalem fire chief Moshe Suissa has told hikers they should avoid the area.

Suissa said: "Any change in the direction or speed of the wind could spread and intensify the fires, with the danger that hikers in the area could become trapped."

Police officers have blocked off roads leading to the area to ensure people are not caught up in the fire.

Fire chief Reuven Itzha, from the city of Bet Shemesh, said today (October 27) there is no danger to people living nearby.