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Firefighters battle to contain wildfire in southern Türkiye

Crews are making intensive efforts to control forest fire in Marmaris district of Mugla province through land and air operations. The blaze is growing rapidly with the effects of the winds. (AA) Firefighters and other personnel have been intervening by land and air to control a wildfire that broke out overnight in a forest in southern Türkiye, an official has said

The flames spread in a short time due to winds on Wednesday as the cause of the fire in Marmaris district of Mugla province is still unknown

Mugla Governor Orhan Tavli said helicopters affiliated with the Mugla Regional Directorate of Forestry are taking part in the operation along with forest workers, and sprinklers and construction equipment are also being utilised

Crews are making intensive efforts to control the blaze, which is growing rapidly with the effects of the winds

Kahraman personelimiz, askerimiz, polisimiz, belediyelerimiz ve devletimizin tüm kurumları sahada topyekûn yangınla mücadele halinde

Şüphesiz bu ateşi de söndürecek, umutları yeniden yeşerteceğiz. #Marmaris pic.twitter.com/kcbXSSGcGN

Orman Genel Müdürlüğü (@OGMgovtr) June 21, 2022 Situation 'a bit critical'

Türkiye's Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said that all institutions are involved in efforts to extinguish wildfires in the region and an investigation is under way to find out the cause of fires

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Vahit Kirisci said 20 helicopters, 14 planes, 1494 personnel, 363 public vehicles and 39 construction equipments are employed to fight against the wildfires

Kirisci and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu made aerial inspections of the fire-hit area

“It's not a fire that should worry us much, given the current circumstances. But the position we are in right now is of course a bit critical,” Kirisci said after the inspections

He said that with daybreak, the intervention will continue with 20 helicopters and 14 planes

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Source: AA