Fire rages in Carmel mountains

Haaretz reports here on a fire in the Carmel mountains.

Forty people were killed on Thursday as a huge brush fire continued to rage across the Carmel Mountains in northern Israel, killing and injuring dozens, among them prison guards and firemen.

Some 13,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the north and Israel called for international aid as the fire blazed out of control, fanned by easterly winds following a month of near record temperatures for the time of year.

This story developed throughout the day Thursday and it would be best to use Google to search for updates.

Mount Carmel is a range which runs southeast from the Mediterranean Sea for about 14½ miles. It is probably best known in the Bible as the place of the contest between the prophet Elijah and the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:17-40). The traditional site for this event is shown at Muhraka on the eastern end of the range.

The photo below was made from an observation point on the western end of the Carmel range. Some of the buildings of greater Haifa can be seen along the Mediterranean. The photo shows some of the typical scrub brush seen many places on the mountain.

The Mediterranean Sea from Mount Carmel near Haifa. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The Mediterranean Sea from Mount Carmel near Haifa. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

This map from BibleAtlas.org shows Mount Carmel in relation to sites in the Jezreel Valley and lower Galilee.

Map from BibleAtlas.org to show location of Mount Carmel.

Map from BibleAtlas.org showing the location of Mount Carmel.

The next photo was made near Murakah on the southeastern end of the Carmel range.

Mount Carmel near Murakah. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Mount Carmel near Murakah. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Update: Todd Bolen, at the BiblePlaces Blog, calls attention to 35 powerful photos of the fire on Mount Carmel. Check boston.com.

2 responses to “Fire rages in Carmel mountains

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