AFP reports via Yahoo! News
HAIFA, Israel (AFP) – Around 40 people are believed to have been killed in a devastating forest fire raging out of control near Israel’s northern city of Haifa, the country’s ambulance service said on Thursday.
Officials described the inferno as among the worst in the nation’s history, with hundreds of firefighters on the ground and in the air battling to tame the blaze.
Israel’s ambulance service Magen David Adom said its paramedics were on the ground treating people caught in the flames.
“There are about 45 casualties, of whom about 40 are dead,” the ambulance service said in a statement.
Sources report winds of 17 mph and temps in the mid 80’s. Rather benign conditions all considered. This exemplifies the power of wildland fires.