Firefighters Making Progress On Israel Blaze

The ""major sources"" of a deadly Israeli wildfire have been extinguished, police said Sunday, as the Israeli cabinet approved a plan to speed aid to those affected.

The cabinet's vote, at a special meeting near the area affected by the fire, came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged haste.

""I do not want delays,"" Netanyahu said. ""I do not want bureaucracy. I want processes to be shortened. I want quick solutions. I want all of the people -- within days -- to be able to return to their homes or to alternative housing, until the reconstruction work is finished.""

The fire, which broke out Thursday, has killed at least 41 people and injured at least 17 others. Firefighters have gained control over ""several of the major fire fronts,"" police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Sunday. ""The fire is still burning in a few areas, but the major sources of the fire have been extinguished.""

The cabinet approved a series of steps aimed at kick-starting a quick response to victims. The Finance Ministry will allocate 60 million shekels ($16 million) in aid to local communities affected by the fire. Netanyahu instructed that more funding be considered if necessary. The plan will include compensating local governments for damages ""in order to meet the costs of evacuating and absorbing populations, firefighting efforts, clean-up and dealing with infrastructures,"" according to a government statement.

Yaniv Shahar of Beit Oren, who lost his house and car to the flames, said the money is sorely needed but described his mood as ""pessimistic.""

""I see how they move us from one place to the other,"" he said. ""I feel like a homeless person. I hope they would find solutions quickly. I don't even have clothes to wear right now. There are a lot of donations in the kibbutz where we found refuge, but we need money."""