How to prevent forest fires
To prevent forests from being damaged by fire, KKL-JNF needs help from you, the people who visit them. Here are a number of important fire-prevention and safety rules:
1. Fires should be lit in forests only in places specially designed and designated for the purpose. KKL-JNF recreational areas provide barbeque facilities in designated spots.
2. When visiting a recreational area, please look for the designated spot for barbequing.
3. Take note of wind strength and direction before lighting a fire. If the spot you’ve found is completely open and there’s a strong wind, don’t light a fire there.
4. All branches, twigs and leaves must be cleared from the area around the barbeque before the fire is lit.
5. Flammable substances such as petrol or oil must never be poured on the fire once it is alight. Objects made of flammable material must not be thrown into the fire, as they can explode.
6. It is vital to remain at the site until the fire has gone out completely! After the fire has been extinguished with water and covered with soil, the embers should be raked over to ensure that no hot coals or ashes remain.
7. If a small fire has spread to forest or woodland near the barbeque, it must be isolated immediately to prevent its spreading further. This can be done by beating the fire with beaters, green branches or blankets and by pouring water on it and covering it with earth.
8. If the flames are leaping higher, people and vehicles must be evacuated from the area of the blaze, and the Israel Fire Service must be telephoned at once on 102. KKL-JNF’s Forest Hotline information service can be called on 1-800-350-550 for detailed information on how to prevent and extinguish fires in forests and open spaces.
Learn more on the role of KKL-JNF in fire prevention
Safety Instructions for visitors, tourists and hikers
To protect both yourself and the environment, please observe the following rules:
1. You are responsible for your own safety when you visit the forest and use its amenities. Please do not endanger yourselves or other visitors and please engage only in activities appropriate to the prevailing conditions and weather. Make sure you have the correct equipment with you.
2. Please use the paths and trails already marked by KKL-JNF or the Israel Trails Committee. The forest pathways are intended for use by vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Take care, behave appropriately and adjust your progress to suit the conditions of the trail you are using. Watch out for muddy paths and be careful not to slip.
3. Please do not approach or enter pits, caves or buildings, etc., and keep well clear of precipices. Rappelling and rock climbing are strictly forbidden.
4. Please do not enter pools of water or drink from them.
5. Take great care when lighting fires. Please light fires only in the places and installations intended for the purpose, and extinguish them completely before leaving the site.
6. Please keep sites tidy: place your rubbish in the receptacles provided or take it with you.
7. Please do not mark out or signpost trails or erect any type of device in the forest.
8. The forest and its amenities are there for you to enjoy. Please help to conserve its fauna and flora and all objects / equipment within it.
For the Forest Hotline, KKL-JNF’s information service, call 1-800-350-550.
What to do if you find yourself near a minefield
It’s important for you to know that the State of Israel contains a number of minefields, which can present a danger to visitors. Minefields may be situated in close proximity to communities, farmland or popular hiking trails. They are fenced and clearly marked.
Mines can sometimes also be found in areas adjacent to the fenced-in minefields. With the passing years, mines are sometimes washed out of the fenced areas onto unmarked territory. As it is impossible to fence such large tracts of land, these areas are marked with prominent signs only, and movement within them is restricted to designated trails.
Please observe the following safety precautions:
1. If you are walking, cycling or using an all-terrain vehicle, please keep only to the marked trails, for your own protection and that of nature.
2. Do not climb over fences, except in places where it is expressly permitted to do so. You’ve come to a fenced area? Don’t go inside it.
3. If you encounter an unfamiliar, unidentified or otherwise suspicious object in the course of your trip, do not touch it on any account! It could be the remnants of a mine.
4. If you’ve taken a wrong turn and entered an area you suspect may be mined – stop, stay where you are and call the security services and / or the police.
5. How do you recognize a suspicious area? It will be surrounded by a fence and / or yellow signs marked with red triangles.
* The rules of behavior when near a minefield were supplied by the Israeli Ministry of Defense’s Mine Removal Authority.