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Monday, July 18, 2011

Not arson, just gross negligence

A 50-year old Jewish man from Beit Zayit has been arrested and charged with negligently setting Sunday's forest fire that burned through 150 dunams of the Jerusalem Forest.
A 50-year-old Jewish man from the Beit Zayit suburb of Jerusalem was arrested by police on Monday afternoon on suspicion of being responsible for the forest fire in Jerusalem on Sunday. Police believe the fire started in the man’s courtyard, where he had piled trash next to his house, and then was carried by the wind, jumping from place to place before raging out of control.

Police and fire investigators initially believed that the fire was the result of arson, as it started simultaneously in four different areas. “It seems that the fire jumped from place to place, which is why they thought it was arson,” said Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby.
They could use this guy here. Let's go to the videotape.

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At 11:08 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

If you in Israel are going to recruit Smokey the Bear, you'll need to work on keeping the forests trimmed and thinned. Nature calls for fire to burn through forests now and then to clear out underbrush... it is supposed to lick up the trunks and cause seeds to sprout. So if you don't let the fires burn through (caused by lightening, cigarette butts, or burning trash blowing around) then you (we!) have to do the job the fire is intended to do. Otherwise, you'll be like we are in the U.S. west, where the fires burn at such a raging level (because no fires are allowed to burn and the environmentalists have put a stop to any thinning on public land - which is getting to be most of it)... that every seed is killed and lush forests are left looking like a bunch of black toothpicks.


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