Firefighters fighting to contain forest fire in Marmaris

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

A fire sparked at 11 a.m. yesterday in the forestland of the naval command located in southwestern Muğla province’s Marmaris district has not yet been taken under control, the Forestry Directorate’s Muğla branch Regional Deputy Director Mümtaz Kanat has said.

In a statement to the Anatolia news agency, Kanat noted that the fire is affecting 10 hectares of land and that a firefighting team of 200 people has been working to contain the fire with seven helicopters and land vehicles. The deputy director also said fire departments from other Muğla districts have dispatched teams to help.

“Fighting the fire at this point is very difficult because the land is steep and transportation means to the region very limited. Although the wind has slowed down, giving us a window of opportunity to advance in containing the fire, it is too early to say the fire is completely under control,” Kanat said early yesterday afternoon.
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Forest fire rages near Turkish resort Marmaris

Friday, June 27th, 2008

ISTANBUL, June 27 (Reuters) – A forest fire raged on a hill near the Turkish Mediterranean resort Marmaris on Friday, prompting the evacuation of nearby hotels and houses at the height of the tourist season, broadcasters said.

Television footage showed woodland ablaze and strong winds blowing thick smoke across residential areas just 200 metres away in the Marmaris district of Armutalan.

Fire brigade teams were fighting the blaze from the ground and with helicopters, and hotels and houses in the vicinity were evacuated.
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