Israel is close to dousing the Carmel wildfire that has devastated thousands of acres of land in the north, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said on Sunday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the meeting that the government will launch Sunday a program to rehabilitate the areas in the Carmel region badly damaged in the fire.
Earlier on Sunday, fire officials were cautiously optimistic as crews continued to battle flames raging in the massive brushfire still burning across the Carmel Mountains.
“We find ourselves in the best situation since the fire started,” Shimon Romah, the head of the Fire and Rescue Services, told Army Radio around 3 a.m. on Sunday.
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