Turkish wildfire brings back memories of last year’s blazes

A wildfire that broke out in southwestern Turkey on Tuesday night brought back memories of blazes last year that destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of land across the country, Reuters reported.

The fire that began near the resort town of Marmaris on the Mediterranean coast and spread rapidly due to windy conditions has been largely brought under control, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday, citing Agriculture and Forestry Minister Vahit Kirişçi.

Last summer, fires that began on July 28 destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of forest in Mediterranean and Aegean provinces, in what became Turkey’s worst wildfires in history. The blazes killed eight people and burned down a total of 83,810 hectares (207,099 acres) of forest, according to Gebze Technical University researchers.

The Turkish government came under severe public criticism for its perceived failure to control the fires and for failing to purchase and maintain fire-fighting assets such as aircraft and helicopters.



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