Officials: 22 dead, 25 seriously injured in Israeli forest fire
December 2nd, 2010
11:42 AM ET

Officials: 22 dead, 25 seriously injured in Israeli forest fire

[Updated at 11:42 a.m.] At least 22 people are dead and 25 seriously injured in a forest fire in northern Israel, according to the country's ambulance service, which initially said 40 people were killed.

[Posted at 10:18 a.m.] Some 40 people have been killed in a raging fire near Haifa in northern Israel, Israeli ambulance service officials told CNN Thursday.

The fire broke out in the Carmel forest region. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN that some 3,000 square meters of trees were up in flames.

Rosenfeld said that a bus in the area overturned and emergency forces were trying to reach it. A spokesman for Israel's prison authority said the bus was carrying prison employees and that no prisoners were on board.

It is not clear how the fire started.

Firefighters were continuing to fight the blaze as authorities evacuated communities in the area.

The fire has been bolstered by strong winds and has torched tens of square kilometres of forest, cutting power and covering Haifa in smoke.

Inmates of the Damon prison were forced to evacuate and were sent to temporary jails nearby.

Police are investigating if the blaze started in an illegal dumping ground.

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  1. Forrest

    " Police are investigating the cause of the blaze
    is an illegal dumping ground."

    The article kind of trails of into nonsense at the end here. I suggest fixing this to say whatever you meant to say.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Lt Steven McCaffrey

      Did I happen to mention you're cut out of my will?

      December 2, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Izzisgirl

      That's not what it says, Forrest.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Any place in the World would not tell the whole investigation until it had the facts!!! When They know the cause They will tell everyone... Why she They be any different than any place else!!! They have to notify the Families before They can tell anyone else who Died in the fire!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Galina

      Forest fires start a lot because of junk, like glass and tires. It's the Middle East. It's hot here.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom Cough

      There are about 4000 sq meters in an acre ,so almost an acre has burned –that doesnt add up ,my lawn is 2 acres –the deaths are tragic

      December 2, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • USA

      Never seen so many losers assembled in one forum. No wonder this great country of ours stands no chance..

      December 2, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Forrest

      Yeah, not now, Izzizgirl, because they fixed it. My quote was taken directly from the article as it was.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Keeping it classy Jason. Glad to see you can take something tragic and replay with, "good, they deserved it." Keeping it classy. Schmuck.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      *reply

      December 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Israel Haifa

      Biggest fire ever been in Israel, More then 9 hours... 40 people burned alive... Ahuva Tomer – Haifa police commander in critical condition.

      Arabs or druses fire in illegal dumping ground...

      December 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Extremophil

    An ISRAELI forest fire?? Since when did forest fires get religion?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      Since when is Israel a religion?

      December 2, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Lt Steven McCaffrey

      You see that flash of light in the corner of your eye? That's your career dissipation light. It just went into high gear.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • TexGal

      "Since when did forest fires get religion?"

      Israel is a country. Judaism is a religion that many, but not all, Israelis practice.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Lt Steven McCaffrey

      I think it appropriate that we recognize the two A$swipes

      December 2, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • MG Arizona

      Do you seriously think Israel is a religion? What country are you from, seriously I want to know.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • GD

      Let's clarify this for the simple minded...

      Israel is a country, a people (descendants of Jacob), and a modern nation
      Israeli is a nationality and an adjective referring to people and things from Israel
      Hebrew is a language
      Hebrews is also the archaic term for the Israelites in the Torah/Old Testament
      Jewish is both a religion and a race of people
      Jews are a race of people of the Jewish faith
      Yes, Jews are BOTH a race and members of a religion under the US Federal Government laws
      Zionists are those who believe that Israel is, has been, and should remain a sovereign nation
      Zionists are not necessarily Jewish, there are Christian, Buddhist and even Moslem Zionists
      Zion is another name for the land of Israel

      December 2, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Bert

      Jewish is not a race...
      Hispanic is not a race...

      There are only 3, take the 5 minutes are read about it.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • BusterDeBodyCrab

      Not the brightest bulb on the tree now is he?

      December 2, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharkwash

      last time I checked there is no Isreali religion...it is a country in the middle east

      December 2, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Since the Racist made it so!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Smokey

    Remember: Only you can prevent forest fires...

    December 2, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Lt Steven McCaffrey

      I sent away for the copy of Life magazine. The one with your picture on the front. It's a collectible.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Thanks Smokey!

      December 2, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Israel is a Country as is Rome to the Catholic!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Israel is a Country and Israeli are different type of races including the Jewish Religion!!! Israel is the Country of the Jewish People just as Rome is the Country of the Catholic!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Translation

    Nice lack of proofreading and editing. A junior high school student could do better.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Lt Steven McCaffrey

      The funny thing about firemen is... Night and day they are always firemen.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Xasthur

    God has spoken to them.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Lt Steven McCaffrey

      Hey, Axe, you know this rug rat?

      December 2, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      And I am speaking to you. You sir are a moron.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Prophet

    Clearly El Elohim is angry with "His chosen people."

    December 2, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Lt Steven McCaffrey

      The only problem is that in this job is there's just no place to hide. It's not like having a bad day selling log cabins.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Finally Needed

      And what is that a sign of when half of Colorado or Arizona burns to the ground?

      December 2, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet

      Finally Needed: It's a sign to get out of Colorado and Arizona - it's on fire!

      December 2, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Karma Iscoming

      You bet I am, but I asked myself for a massive quake. Oh well the fire will do for now!!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hugh Jarce

    I see the anti-Israeli propaganda is clearly affecting our children.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      yes yes, its time-up for dumb bi+ch3z and dumber a$sh0l3s..its called age of reasoning, no more blindly following like you losers did..

      December 2, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scott

    There was a forrest in Israeli?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean Jean

      Burn baby Burn!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. God

    You have been very disobedient, Eretz Yisrael.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Sean Jean: Why don't You burn Yourself to death??? We be better off here!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ThereIsHOPE

    Our world is paralyzed by fear. Every day you turn on the news and see evidence of our impending doom. Pretty depressing stuff! Fortunately, there's good news! There is hope. See for yourself, visit: Story4.Us/2050.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Karma Iscoming

      Save your fairy tales and your arrogance at "bringing people God's word" to yourself you friggin idiot!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    I think it's a Jewish forest fire based on citizenship.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Karma Iscoming

      ha ha ha Steve, good one.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean Jean

      LoL

      December 2, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jack

    Would someone take away those candles! I'm sure they will blame it on the Palestinians or Arabs.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean Jean

      Yea must have been a rocket! get em! lol

      December 2, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Hugh Jass

    Send them a squirt gun.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. dave

    It's like seeing a headline that says "23" of snow blankets Honolulu. Expect driving delays".
    Israel has forests?

    December 2, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Northern Israel could easily be mistaken for Northern California if not for roadsigns and license plates. Israel is not all desert and tents, it is very modern. It is safer to walk at night in the central part of Haifa than most cities in the world.

      December 2, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mike Hunt

    Yipeee!

    December 2, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
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