Bus used in evacuating prisoners lost control and 40 people were killed. Fire is the largest in Israel's [modern] history.
Northern fire: 12,000 residents evacuated
Mass evacuation continues into night as fire rages in northern Israel; at least 40 killed as Prison Service bus burns down, Haifa police chief gravely hurt. Jails, psychiatric hospital evacuated. 'Within 30 minutes half the forest was in flames,' says local
| Mass evacuation on: Some 12,000 people were evacuated from their homes by late Thursday as a massive fire continued to rage in northern Israel.|
Some 5,000 residents in the town of Tirat Carmel were ordered to leave home and thousands of others were evacuated from various northern communities. Two prisons and a psychiatric hospital were also evacuated for fear the flames would reach them.