ANKARA (AA) – Firefighters and other personnel are intervening by land and air to control a wildfire that broke out overnight in a forest in southern Türkiye, an official said Wednesday.
The cause of the fire in Marmaris district of Mugla province is still unknown. The flames spread in a short time due to winds.
Mugla Governor Orhan Tavli said helicopters affiliated with the Mugla Regional Directorate of Forestry are taking part in the operation along with forest workers. Sprinklers and construction equipment are being utilized in the operation.
The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said 1,393 personnel, 338 vehicles and 35 pieces of construction equipment from various institutions and organizations, including 592 personnel of the General Directorate of Forestry, were assigned to the fire.
Agriculture and Forestry Minister Vahit Kirisci and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu made aerial inspections of the fire-hit area.