Turkey battles wind-driven wildfire near resort for 3rd day

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Firefighting crews battle for a 3rd day on Thursday wind-driven wildfires that has blackened a swath of pine forest near a preferred resort in southwestern Turkey and pushed dozens of individuals from their properties.

More than 2,500 firefighters, aided by water-dropping planes and helicopters, have been deployed to struggle the blazes that erupted on Tuesday within the Bordubet area, near Marmaris on the Aegean Sea coast. The blaze unfold quickly, fanned by winds.

Authorities have evacuated greater than 150 individuals from the realm as a precaution, Turkey’s forestry minister, Vahit Kirisci, instructed reporters late Wednesday.

The fires, which erupted a year after the worst wildfires in Turkey’s historical past, have been burning in two places within the Bordubet area, he mentioned.

“It is not out of control but we cannot say yet that it has been brought under control,” he mentioned.

A complete of 27 water-dropping helicopters, 14 planes and a pair of,600 personnel have been concerned within the efforts to tame the blazes, the minister mentioned.

Prosecutors have been investigating what ignited the hearth, together with the opportunity of arson.

Extended drought circumstances in a number of Mediterranean international locations, a warmth wave final week that reached northern Germany and excessive gas prices for plane wanted to struggle wildfires have heightened issues throughout Europe this summer time.

Last summer time, blazes that have been fed by robust winds and scorching temperatures tore by forests in Turkey’s Mediterranean and Aegean areas, together with Marmaris. The wildfires, which killed at the very least eight individuals and numerous animals, have been described because the worst in Turkey’s historical past.

Villages and resorts needed to be evacuated, with some individuals fleeing to seashores to be rescued by sea. The wildfires additionally threatened two coal-burning energy crops.

Erdogan’s authorities got here underneath criticism for its insufficient response and preparedness to struggle large-scale wildfires, together with a scarcity of recent firefighting planes.

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