40 Killed in Israel Forest Fire
Bus overturns; crews unable to stop flames
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 2, 2010 10:23 AM CST
Smoke from a wildfire rises to the sky as seen from the northern Israeli community of Kiriyat Bialik, near Haifa, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.   (AP Photo/Shay Vaknin)

(Newser) – A forest fire in northern Israel has killed at least 40 people after a bus overturned in the flames, the Jerusalem Post reports. The fire, which began this morning near a village, has spread across some 1,400 acres. Fire crews battled the flames as a kibbutz and a prison were evacuated, but thus far efforts to calm the flames have been unsuccessful, officials said. Strong winds and flammable brush have worsened the situation, whose cause isn’t known.