747 Flying Fire Engine to Help Put Out Carmel Forest Wildfire
Evergreen Supertanker, which has capacity of 80,000 liters of water to join efforts to put out wildfire in northern Israel on Sunday morning. State to pay some $200,000 an hour for failing to purchase its own firefighting aircraft. Forces hope to contain fire by end of day
Firefighters on Saturday night continued their efforts to contain a wildfire on Israel’s Mount Carmel, which has claimed the lives of 41 people since it broke out on Thursday morning. The forces were aided throughout the day by firefighting aircraft sent from many countries across the world.
“At this point we have reached the best situation since the fire began,” said Israel Fire and Rescue Commissioner Shimon Romach. “We are still not talking about controlling the fire. It will take us a day or two and then we’ll still have the final extinguishing work, so there is a lot of work ahead.”