Tomorrow will be the roughest day, says senior-level security official

While the fires in Israel continue, security officials are concerned regarding the weather tomorrow. Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is arranging to receive foreign aid. Police confirmed that the Nataf fire was caused by workers’ negligence.
Will there be enough firefighting aircraft? Photo credit: Hadas Parush/ Flash 90

After several fires raged throughout Israel, a senior-level security official stated that the worst is yet to come. “We predict that tomorrow will be the roughest day in regards to the weather and the winds,” he said. “It is possible that we don't have enough firefighting aircraft, therefore we are examining the possibility of receiving foreign aid. The Israeli Prime Minister is the one who will officially have to decide if we request foreign aid.”

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the mutual aid agreements with Greece and Croatia are being examined as well as the possibility of bringing additional firefighting aircraft to Israel if necessary. “The decision will be made depending on the number of fires and the number of available foreign aircraft,” he stated.

Israeli Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri instructed the Emergency Management to provide immediate assistance to the jurisdictions in which the fires occurred.

The main concern is recurring fires mainly due to the weather conditions of extreme dryness and strong winds. Tonight is expected to be very dry with humidity ranging between 10%-15%. Tomorrow, the humidity will reach 10% along the shoreline with very strong winds, which can lead to re-ignition of fires that have already been extinguished.

As reported by JOL, fires raged in different areas of the country including Zikhron Ya'akov, Dolev and Nataf.  4 suspects were taken in for questioning regarding the fire in Nataf and police concluded that the fire was caused by workers’ negligence.

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