Mossa'ei Shabbath Qodesh Parshath Shelah Lekha 5768
A fire broke out in the central Shomron Friday afternoon. The fire appeared to begin south of Highway 5 (Trans-Samaria Highway), and move up the hills toward Giv'ath Tapu'ah HaMa'aravith (Tapu'ah West), a community of 10 families located east of the City of Ariel. The fire came right up to at least two of the caravans, and damaged a large amount of grazing area for the community's flocks.
The Ariel fire brigade responded, yet there have been reports that the fire continued to rage after the brigade left the scene. It is unknown why the single fire engine left when it did.
The fire was fought, and eventually put out by residents of the community, along with a few volunteers from neighboring K'far Tapu'ah.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown.