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4/16/2008

Israeli heat wave triggers wildfires

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Heat wave triggers wildfires. Emergency officials in Israel have ordered the evacuation of hundreds of hikers from wilderness areas plagued by an outbreak of wildfires. A stifling heat wave has sparked a rash of fires in the Golan Heights and Beit Shemesh areas, including popular hiking trails in the Carmela forest.

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