JERUSALEM (JTA) — A fire near Jerusalem that threatened homes and closed the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway reportedly is under control.
It will still take time to extinguish all the blazes near the city, according to fire officials.
Some 35 firefighting teams from across the country and six firefighting planes have battled the blaze, which reportedly erupted in two places.
Fire officials told Israeli media that the fire was either set intentionally or caused by negligence.
The Jerusalem area reportedly has suffered hundreds of fires in recent weeks, and many are believed to be the result of arson.