Forest Fires Drastically Decreased in Israel During 2022

By Hamodia Staff

Firefighters battle a fire near Nahal Oz, southern Israel, May 9, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/FLASH90)

YERUSHALAYIM – Israel saw a dramatic decrease in the number of forest fires in the past year, nearly half that of the previous year, Israel Hayom reported on Tuesday.

The Jewish National Fund said at a conference that Israel’s forest lands sustained 443 fires in 2022, compared to 840 in 2021. In terms of acreage destroyed by fire, the JNF said that this year 4,500 acres burned, whereas in 2021 the total was 14,800.

The JNF credited the improved figures to the introduction of technological tools such as sensors that detected fires at an early stage, enabling firefighting units to arrive before they rage out of control. They also noted the designation of buffer zones around forests and populated areas, and the concentrated efforts of firefighting crews to identify and work at extinguishing fires while they were still small and manageable.

The data was gathered in the period of mid-April to late November of those years, during the dry season when most such fires occur.

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