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Israeli Forest Fire Has Been Extinguished, Officials Say

Photo Courtesy - Uriel Sinai/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- The fire that killed 42 people and torched nearly 13,000 acres of forest in Israel has finally been extinguished, according to firefighters.

The blaze burned for four days in Israel's Carmel Forest, creating an estimated $500 million in private and public property damage.  The death toll, which previously stood at 41, rose by one Monday as word came that Haifa's police chief had died in the fire.

Israelis are angry and are demanding a commission of inquiry into the country's response.  Israel's comptroller says he will decide on an inquiry in the upcoming days.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also responded by saying he'll set up a national fire squad task force and will make money readily available to rebuild the north.

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Foreign Aid Arrives in Israel to Help Fend off Forest Fire

Photo Courtesy - Uriel Sinai/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Israel is still having trouble containing a fire that has burned through an estimated 7,000 acres of forest and left at least 41 people dead.

Israeli firefighting planes, and a few from Greece and Bulgaria, arrived at Carmel Forest Thursday night and have been dumping water on the fire, but officials say very little progress is being made. A powerful eastern wind is continuing to strengthen and spread the fire, inching it closer and closer to Israel's third largest city, Haifa.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu held an emergency security cabinet meeting, calling the conflagration an unprecedented disaster. He expressed condolences to the families of the 41 Israelis who died, most of them on a bus that got caught in the flames.

Netanyahu also thanked Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey for acting quickly and sending nearly a dozen planes and helicopters to help battle the fire. More assistance, he said, is coming from  Russia, Eygpt, France, and the U.S.

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