[Newer updates posted first]
10:05AM EST: Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services announced that they have obtained control over the Carmel wildfire– three days after it first erupted. Firefighting teams will continue scouting the area in the next few days in order to prevent the fire from reigniting.
8:08AM EST: The US “Super Tanker” has completed two runs, dropping 80,000 liters of water and flame retardant on the fires.
7:56AM EST: The Israel Police helicopter observation unit Sunday afternoon reported that there were no longer any large fires. The report said that only small fires remain scattered throughout the area, all of which were being tackled by firefighters.
7:03AM EST: PM Netanyahu instructed to halt the arrival of additional airplanes to Israel, following a cabinet meeting. According to the assessment, the Carmel fire will be under control soon, and therefore no additional international aid will be needed.
6:11AM EST: Carmel Sela, head of the Hof HaCarmel Regional Council, presented Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz with data indicating the area’s restoration in the aftermath of the huge wildfire would cost some NIS 121 million.
3:00AM EST: Russia’s Deputy Civil Defense, Emergency and Disaster Relief Minister Pavel Plat told Ynet he believes firefighters will contain the fire raging on the Carmel mountain range within hours.
2:33AM EST: The much-anticipated Boeing 747-based US “Super Tanker” was set to make its first water-dropping flight over the Carmel fire at 10 a.m. (Israe time) Sunday morning.
1:10AM EST: More than thirty fire-fighting aircraft were set to resume operations early on Sunday morning, and prepared to drop fire-fighting materials and water on the blaze in Israel’s North.
Among them will be the large Evergreen Supertanker aircraft that landed in Israel overnight.