Sunday, July 25, 2010

Burning!

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A forest fire is burning just outside two sides of my village!
It started down in the valley, near our spring and spread to Hadassah hospital.
Cars were damaged in the Hadassah parking lot before the fire could be controlled.

The neighboring moshavim/villages up on the mountain were being evacuated as of 3:00.

I walked closer to take pictures and could see the flames and hear the shouts of the fire fighters in the forest right above the gate to our moshav.
They have such pitiful old equipment.
Two planes are helping.
But now there is a new moked, a new fire starting up near Kennedy Memorial and Khirbet Sa'adim.
This in the photo is where I take walks in the evening. Our beautiful nature is now black and smoldering.
The buildings on top of the hill are the periphery of my village, near my house. The fire came that close!
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Over 500 dunams of natural woodland have been destroyed in the past few hours.
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It is a hot and windy day.
Pray for us!
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UPDATE: Now, at 8:30 p.m., things seem quiet and under control, thank God.
Radio is now saying it burned 1000 dunams (= 247 acres) of trees (mostly planted by the Keren Kayemet/Jewish National Fund).
Careless, thoughtless visitors to our spring caused this emergency by making a bonfire. grrrr!
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19 comments:

one planet said...

sorrry about that .. hope it will flourish soon

Yaelian said...

Forest fires are an awful thing, and much too common in the summer.Hope they manage to stop the fire before it spreads too much...

Sara said...

I pray for the safety of all in the fire's path....and for the success of the firefighters. We know all about fires here in Southern California.

Al said...

That is scary, hopefully your village will stay safe.

Pasdadena Adjacent said...

grrrr indeed! Heartbreaking. I hope this is it for you.

Our one year anniversary is coming up for the Station Fire that took out what I estimate at two thirds of our mountain. We are still not allowed back in. Makes me sick

Robin said...

My heart breaks thinking of your beautiful hills in flames.

Much love to you and all of your neighbors.

Hilda said...

I just read about the fire and rushed here. Glad to hear you're okay. The news article I read also said that two villages were evacuated but that no one was hurt so far. Terrible about the trees and homes though.

I'm growling along with you.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» is glad to read that you are OK. This reminds him of the Oakland Hills Fire which was very, very destructive.

Suzanne said...

I pray that you and everyone is safe. The lost vegetation will come back, human life won't. I'm thankful that you and the sisters are safe, please be careful.

Sarah said...

No idea as I cant see the photos because of filtering. As I wrote on Aysesul blog this is the most important reason to not updating my blog and visting other's blogs...I've became despondent of that!

Reader Wil said...

It's a very sorrowful sight. I van imagine that you are all devastated. The fires we had recently took several days to extinguish. It was arson, for it started in various places at the same time in the dunes. It is so frightening for the inhabitants of the neighbourhood.
Did you see the Australian forest that were burnt by fires.
I hope and pray that this will stop now in your country. I hope that there will soon be new plant life in those forests.

Turquoise Diaries said...

How terrible Dina,.. Couple years ago we experienced one close to our house,too. I couldnt believe how big the flames were. Always so sad to loose the green..

VP said...

This is very sad, I hope they'll stop the fire as soon as possible.

B SQUARED said...

Nothing quite like a fire to scare one.

Petrea said...

As Pasadena Adjacent said, this brings back bad memories. Grr, indeed. Dina, I hope this fire is completely out and there will be no more near your home. Nature replenishes itself, thank goodness.

Kay said...

That is so scary, Dina. Thank goodness they got the fire in control before it reached your village. I'll be hoping for some drenching rain for you.

JM said...

It's too hot here and fires have started everywhere. It's the same year after year... It's heartbreaking watching our forests in flames!

Jew Wishes said...

Sorry about the fires.

They are so devastating...

Spiderdama said...

This is not good.. hope it`s under control now. God bless you!