Wildfire in southwest Turkey rages on, dashing hopes it was contained

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Wildfire in southwest Turkey rages on, dashing hopes it was contained
Wildfire in southwest Turkey rages on, dashing hopes it was contained

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Firefighters battled a forest hearth in southwest Turkey from land and air on Thursday, as hopes of containing the fires light after they unfold once more resulting from excessive temperatures and winds.

Scenes of burning forests close to the Aegean seaside resort of Marmaris have raised fears of a repeat of final yr’s fires that destroyed tens of hundreds of hectares throughout the area.

Reuters footage confirmed smoke billowing from the hills and police water cannon automobiles serving to firefighters as the fireplace unfold by way of a forest in a sparsely populated space.

Helicopters and water jets have been shot down in flames all day Wednesday, and authorities stated they might be out once more on Thursday after an in a single day layover.

It was not clear what brought about the fireplace, which began round 8 p.m. (1700 GMT) on Tuesday.

Forestry Minister Fahit Kresky stated on Wednesday the fireplace had been introduced beneath management however later stated it had unfold once more resulting from wind and scorching climate.

He stated about 150 individuals have been evacuated from 51 properties as a precaution, including that about 2,600 persons are working to comprise the fireplace.

The Turkish Forestry Authority stated 27 helicopters and 14 plane would participate in combating the fireplace on Thursday.

Scientists say human-induced local weather change is making warmth waves extra doubtless and extra intense.

An EU air monitor stated final yr that final summer season’s wildfires, largely close to Marmaris, have been essentially the most intense in Turkey on file, including that the Mediterranean had turn into the epicenter of wildfires.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authorities has been criticized for its unwillingness to combat the fires final yr. She responded by saying that the forest fires have been the worst in Turkey’s historical past.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chief of the primary opposition Republican Folks’s Get together, stated on Wednesday that the federal government was “incompetent” and had not ready for the fires since final yr.

“The whole world knows how sensitive the Mediterranean region is on this issue due to climate change,” Kilicdaroglu stated, talking close to Marmaris.

“They will blame the wind, not themselves,” he stated.

(Ali Kocjokjokmen report)

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