The whole mountain (Carmel) is on fire for 2 days now. The fire is within 500 meteres from our house, and a change in wind direction means that I may have to plant the garden (actually – all of them…) from scratch :-(
The whole neighbourhood was evacuated last night, and I watered the garden heavily before leaving, but I doubt that would have done any good has the fire gotten closer. 10 years ago we had a much small fire, but the wind carried burning embers all over the neighbourhood, and spread the fire across streets and buildings. Had not yet happened so far.
Anyway – so far 20,000 dunams of forest burned down so far, 20,000 people were evacutaed from their homes.
This is an unmitigated disaster, exacerbated by the extreme dryness. We had practicallty no rain yet this year.