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Mishaps led to fire and sustain it

Israel forest fireAs Israel suffers its worst-ever forest fire in the north, some lessons are to be learned.

The fire has so far overtaken 5,000 acres – a rather small area. Other countries routinely see wildfires hundred times as large. Israeli firefighters and Home Front Command proved unprepared for the emergency. Despite the frequent occurrence of fires in the north, they had no mobilization plans. Firefighters from across the country were not called to the site immediately, and equipment haven’t been brought.

Ditching is not being done even today. Is it too dangerous for bulldozers, of which the army has plenty? Bomb the forest, then, in order to create an empty area to stop the fire. Backfires were not started, either.

Despite years of drought, underbrush was not being cleared with controlled fires. This technique was adopted in the United States many years ago, but was lost on Israeli authorities.

The United States, as usual, was quick with pompous declarations of support, but even the ever-lazy Greeks sent their firefighting equipment faster.

The fire came close to Haifa, whose chemical factories and refineries present a greater threat than the Iranian nukes.

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Comments

Well we all make mistakes,but we will learn from them.
You must set up a Forestry Commissions for massive replanting of trees, and fire breaks to reduce the risk,
However teenager’s should be encourage to join the Boy Scouts & Girl Guilds,and when they grow up, there Motto is “Be Prepared” in all things.

For you will be caught by surprise if you do not put into pratice what you are taught,and that’s not good for your well being or anybody’s else’s.

Lets hope the rains will start and the leaders can declare a Nation Holiday, for a “Tree Planting Day” and other nations can send you many young plants that will grow in your Holy Land of your Fathers which is the very foundation of are Religion.

A R Thompson B/mouthUK 04 December 2010

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