Forest fires are uncontrolled fires occurring in nature and the forest is most vulnerable in the spring and summer seasons when there are long dry spells.
For the past few days, Turkey is suffering from an enormous forest fire that has engulfed not only the forest but risking the lives of the animals, people, and their houses.
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The fire started unnoticed and the source is unknown. It is continued for the last few days, damaging houses, and 4 deaths have been reported so far.
The fire started in the southern provinces of Mersin, Osmaniye, Adana, Antalya, and Kahramanmaraş. Blazes also broke out in the southwestern province of Muğla and central provinces of Kırıkkale and Kayseri.
Out of 98 fires, 88 are under control. Planes from Russia and Ukraine helped battle the flames and another from Azerbaijan.
President Erdogan said, “As of midday, with the arrival of the planes, we are turning in a positive direction.”
Tourist spots are evacuated. Villages, some hotels have been evacuated and we can see people flee off from their homes as fire approach their residents.
“We were hoping to contain some of the fires as of this morning but while we say cautiously that they are improving, we still cannot say they are under control,” said the president.
Measures to tackle
The forest fire has burned large pine trees in the mountainous north of Lebanon.
Firefighters on the ground and in helicopters fighting a blaze that killed three people in Manavgat, 75 km (45 miles) east of Antalya.
Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum said 27 neighborhoods were evacuated. One death has been reported in Mugla’s Marmaris area, 290 km west of Manavgat.
The blaze continued in Marmaris but residential areas were not at risk.
Erdogan said,” At least five planes,45 helicopters, drones, and 1,080 firefighting vehicles were involved in firefighting efforts at 1,140 sites.” Istanbul governor’s office reported that there is a ban on entering forest areas till the end of August as a precautionary measure.