Fire erupts on Turkish island

Fire erupts on Turkish island

AYDIN - Doğan News Agency
Fire erupts on Turkish island

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A fire that broke out in a hotel located in forestland on Turkey's Aegean island of Gökçeada has yet to be controlled by firefighters.

Teams are struggling to put out the fires with four airplanes, as well as a helicopter that is hovering over the blaze.

280 hectares of forest land burned in fire

A forest fire in the southern part of Turkey damaged 200 hectares of forest land on Aug. 30.

Two villages in Nazilli district of Aydın province were evacuated due to the fire, which grew rapidly in the area. The Aydın governorship set up a crisis management center in the area and firefighters brought the flames under control after 12 hours.

The cause of the fire, which started in an oak forest in Sinekçiler village at 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 30, is not known. Aydın Gov. Kerem Al briefed to the provincial chief of police, gendarmerie and cities about taking extra measures against the fire as it was coming close to the villages.

Firefighting crews fought the fire with water tankers, and heavy construction equipment was sent to the site of the fire. They put out the fire after 12 hours and let evacuated villagers to return their villages.
Another forest fire in the southern part of Turkey damaged 80 hectares of forest land Aug. 30 in the Alanya district of the southern province of Antalya.