Israel — Israel this week marked the two year anniversary of the Carmel Forest fire that took 44 lives and destroyed over 12,000 acres of lush forests in the Western Galilee region.
The fire was started as the result of an accident, but the consequences were enormous. The effected areas in the Carmel Mountains remain largely barren to this day.
Israel Today staff were in the Carmel earlier this year and were surprised by how desolate the area remains two years after the tragic inferno.
But there is tireless work taking place to restore the Carmel Forest. Many organizations have and continue to contribute to the replanting of Israel’s mightiest forest, and Israel Today is proud to be counted among their number.
It will still take years of clean-up, planting and cultivating until the Carmel Forest is fully restored, but it is a mission Israel knows must be successful.
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Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.
But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.
A network of 500 fire trails and strategic burns along the north-west urban edge, heavy grazing and extra grass slashing will create a fortress for the territory which forecasters say faces a higher than average risk this summer.
After a fire-fuelled tornado in January 2003 killed four Canberrans and frightened thousands more, CSIRO fire expert Phil Cheney told the subsequent inquiry the fire’s penetration into urban areas under extreme conditions did not reflect a failure of fuel management on the urban interface.