370 hectares of forest destroyed in southwest Turkey

Fires in southwest Turkey have destroyed 370 hectares of forestland.

370 hectares of forest destroyed in southwest Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Fires in Mugla province’s Fethiye and Dalaman districts have destroyed 370 hectares of forestland and caused major economic damage, Turkish media reported on Monday.

According to reports, a fire started in the Donen neighborhood of Oren village, Fethiye, at 11 p.m. Sunday. As high winds fanned the flames, the blaze threatened a residential area and nine houses were evacuated, forcing villagers to spend the night away from their homes.

Teams of firefighters have since contained the fire. Speaking to the press, İbrahim Aydın, Mugla’s regional forestry director, said: “The hilly ground hindered efforts to fight the fire. The cause of the fire remains unknown. Nearly 70 hectares of forested area was damaged in Fethiye, and the [total] amount of forestland burned has yet to be calculated.”

Another fire started in Mugla’s Dalaman district at 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, and winds soon spread the blaze to a forest in the Ortaca district. Firefighting teams worked with local residents to battle the fire, which destroyed a total of 300 hectares of forestland. Nine helicopters were called in to support efforts to put out the fires, whose causes remain unknown. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ağustos 2013, 19:26