View of burnt trees following a major fire which broke out in the Jerusalem mountains, August 18, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90) Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90
Forest Fire

Saplings are already starting to take root in the Jerusalem hills ravaged by an August forest fire that took days to put out.

Officials worry that the dense forest of pine trees in the hills surrounding the Israeli capital could create a tinderbox for another massive blaze.

Should nature be allowed to run its course, or should Israel  consider uprooting conifers to lower the risk of danger?

Amir Balaban from the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel discusses a shift in forestry’s understanding of wild fires and what causes them.






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