Forest Fires in Turkey: How Fire Destroys Cities in Turkey? Latest Updates
Forest fires in Turkey in 2021 are large-scale wildfires that are still occurring today. The first fires were seen in July 2021. The fires began on July 28 in a sparsely populated area 150 miles east of Antalya. By July 29 the fire had reached the village of Karaoz, north of the city. Later, wildfires engulfed most of the southern part of the Turkish Mediterranean. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan flew over the area in an airplane to see the extent of the devastation and assess the efforts to extinguish the fires. On July 31, Erdoğan declared the country’s wildfire-hit regions of Adana, Antalya, Mugla, Mersin, and Osmaniye provinces a disaster zone.
What Is Happening with Forest Fires in Turkey Now?
By July 31, 88 forest fires had been brought under control. Ten fires in Adana, Antalya, Mugla, Mersin, and Osmaniye provinces continued to be extinguished. By August 1, 107 wildfires were brought under control. Five fires in the provinces of Antalya and Mugla (Marmaris, Köyceğiz, and Milas) continue to burn. The fires began on July 28 and were concentrated in 30 provinces. As of August 5, there are nearly 1,000 fire victims, the total number of fire victims by August 2 is up to 10. About 50 helicopters are involved in extinguishing the fires, including humanitarian aid from European countries and more than 2,000 rescuers. To date, 100,000 hectares of forest have burned completely, and this area is likely to become even larger.
What Is the Cause of Fires in Turkey?
Scientists believe that the abnormal heatwave in southern Europe has triggered massive forest fires along the Mediterranean coast from Turkey to Italy, which have already killed and injured many people. But Turkish authorities believe that the cause of the fires is different. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a speech at the crisis center in Antalya that the authorities are considering a version of arson. Prior to this, Turkish police detained suspects in the forest fires in the city of Manavgat. According to law enforcement authorities, one of the alleged perpetrators was seen by local residents while setting fires. Erdogan also noted that intelligence was involved in the investigation.
Where Are the Fires in Turkey 2021?
In Turkey, the most dangerous situation was in the resort areas of Antalya and Marmaris in the province of Mugla (resort town of Bodrum), where tourists and residents of nearby areas had to be urgently evacuated, where some villages burned to the ground.
A state of emergency has been declared in the province of Antalya due to terrible fires. In Antalya, a large number of villages have been destroyed by fire. Fires in Turkey Antalya made thousands of people leave their homes. Fires in Turkey Marmaris created a need for evacuation of tourists. Also from resorts in southwestern Turkey, where wildfires are still raging, evacuated tourists. For example, because of the fires in Turkey Bodrum people were rescued by coast guard boats and private yachts and boats.
Local authorities note that most of the fires in the country have already been contained. In particular, people were evacuated from at least three hotels in the resort town of Bodrum, in the southwestern part of the country. In a video, which circulated on social networks, one can see that fires are still burning in the region and the sky above the city is smoky. Coast Guard vessels, as well as private boats and yachts, were used to evacuate people.
How Are the Fires Suppressed?
Three airplanes, 38 helicopters, about 4,000 firefighters, drones, 485 fire engines, and 660 bulldozers were involved in extinguishing the fires. About 50 million Turkish liras have been allocated to eliminate the consequences of the fires. As of August 5, 146 out of 154 fires were extinguished and the spread was brought under control.