Four killed as wildfires sweep Turkey Fire deaths on Turkey’s south coast have risen to four, and firefighters continue to fight the flames on Friday’s third day after evacuating dozens of villages and several hotels.
More than 70 wildfires broke out on Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean coasts and inland this week, and President Tayyip Erdogan said 14 were still burning.
Four killed as wildfires sweep Turkey Aircraft from Russia and Ukraine helped fight the fire, and another aircraft from Azerbaijan joined them. “We are moving in a positive direction with the arrival of the plane by noon,” Erdogan told reporters after Friday’s prayer.
Forest Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said fires broke out in six states and authorities promised to find someone responsible for the fires.
Tourist villages and some hotels have been evacuated, and television footage shows people escaping across the field as their homes catch fire.
Fires are still burning in the Mediterranean resorts of Antalya and the Aegean resorts of Mula, according to Pakdemirri.
“We were expecting some fire control until this morning, but we’re aware that they’re improving. Still, they’re not in control,” he said.
Over the past two hours, over zero wildfires have spread to other parts of the region in Greece, with rising winds and temperatures. On Tuesday, a fire broke out in the pine forest north of Athens, damaging more than 12 homes before it came under control.
This week, most of Lebanon’s mountainous northern pine forest was caught in a big fire, killing at least one firefighter and forcing some residents to flee.
In Turkey, firefighters were fighting fires on the ground and by helicopter, killing three people in Manabuga, 5 km (6 miles) east of Antalya. Urban Development Minister Murat Kurum said 227 neighborhoods had been evacuated.
One person was found dead on Thursday in the Marmaris district of Muğla, 200 km west of Manabugat. Pakdemirli said a fire broke out in Marmaris, but the residential area was not at risk.
Erdogan said at least five planes, helicopters, helicopters, drones and 1,080 firefighters were involved in 1,140 fire extinguishing activities.
As a precautionary measure against fire, the Istanbul Governor’s Office has banned forests until the end of August.