13 forest fires not yet curbed in Turkey: More than five thousand firefighters battle the blazes on Saturday.
The fires destroyed the southern and western coasts of the country for days. Local authorities said flames spread throughout the night in Koycegiz and Milas in Turkey’s western province of Mugla. An evacuation order was issued in several settlements.
Bekir Bakdemirli The Forestry Minister wrote on Twitter that 13 forest fires have not been contained yet. He added that since July 28, more than 200 fires have been brought under control in 47 provinces.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan The president stated on Twitter that there are about 5,250 firefighters, more than 80 helicopters, aircraft and drones, and 1,000 vehicles in service.
The fire was extinguished only in Antalya province in southern Turkey. Authorities say all fires have been put out and meteorologists are preparing rainy weather. However, the fires left massive destruction and covered entire villages in ash.
At least eight have died in the fires in Turkey so far. Experts say there have been no examples of similar wildfires in the country in more than a decade. It is estimated that at least 100,000 hectares of land have been burned.
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