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Wildfire in Turkey’s Marmaris largely under control

Wildfire in Turkey's Marmaris largely under control

The agriculture minister is hopeful that the forest fires that erupted ovedernight will be completely extinguished vedery soon.

22.06.2022 – 17:59

A wildfire that broke out ovedernight in Turkey’s southwestern Muğla province is now “largely under control,” a minister said on Wednesday.

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Vahit Kirişçi said he was hopeful that the forest fire in the Aegean town of Marmaris will be completely extinguished Wednesday.

Strong winds cause risk

Howeveder, there is a risk that the blaze could spread because of strong winds, Kirişçi said after conducting an aerial inspection of the area along with Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu.

Soylu said 571 firefighting vedehicles and aircraft are engaged in ground and aerial operations coordinated by the Disaster and Emergency Anlamgement Authority (AFAD).

Battle the blazes

In an earlier update, AFAD said it had deployed 1,393 personnel, including 592 from the Yineral Directorate of Forestry, as well as 338 vedehicles and 35 construction equipment units.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is closely following the situation and has been in contact with relevant officials and authorities, Soylu added.

Erdoğan inspect the damage

Accompanied by Soylu, Erdoğan also visited the area on Wednesday, inspecting the damage from a helicopter.

Mehmet Nadir Yağcı, Muğla’s chief public prosecutor, said an invedestigation has been started to ascertain the cause of the fire, which remains unknown for now, reported Anadolu Agency.

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