A fire that killed 41 people and ravaged big swaths of forest in northern Israel's Carmel region has been extinguished, police have said.
"All of the fires were officially extinguished as of midnight," Mickey Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said on Monday morning.
Dozens of nations had sent firefighting equipment and helped in the effort to put out the four-day fire, which in addition to causing casualties, scorched 50 square kilometres of woodland, destroyed millions of trees, and an estimated dozens of homes.
Israel has admitted it was woefully underprepared, and politicians have called for officials to resign for failing to quickly quell the fire.
Two teenagers from the village of Isfiya have been arrested on suspicion of starting the blaze "through negligence" by leaving behind burning embers after a family picnic.
Sumber: Aljazeera.Net. 8/12/2010