View from Jerusalem of massive wildfire west of the capital, Aug. 15, 2021. (Shlomo Benson) (Shlomo Benson)
Jerusalem fire


Arson is suspected as the cause of the most devastating wildfire in the Jerusalem district in recent years.

A massive wildfire that began Sunday afternoon in the forested hills west of Jerusalem is still not completely under control as of Monday evening.

At least 10,000 people were evacuated from six communities. Several homes were completely destroyed.

Police are also searching for a missing man from a psychiatric hospital in the area.

Arutz-7 reports that Metzuda Winery was burned to the ground with an estimated 8 million shekels’ ($2.5 million) worth of damages.