A forest fire broke out near the Mevaseret Zion suburb of Jerusalem on Wednesday, November 20, prompting officials to issue evacuation orders for some residents in the area. Firefighters from Tel Aviv and Beit Shemesh were reportedly working to contain the blaze as of Wednesday afternoon (local time). Significant transportation delays were reported on Route 1, the highway connecting the capital with the central region, as the fire spread in its vicinity on Wednesday. No casualties have been reported as a result of the fire.
Further spread of fires is possible over the coming days as dry, windy conditions persist across the country. A heightened security presence, road closures, and power outages are to be expected in the vicinity of any wildfires.
Individuals in the area are advised to monitor the situation and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders).
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