Raging Turkey Wildfires Set off Vacationer Evacuation in Bodrum and Marmaris
- Evacuation arranged in the Turkish resorts of Bodrum and Marmaris.
- The forest fires burn very close to houses and hotels.
- The Turkish Navy is taking part in the fight against forest fires.
Forest fires in Turkey hit the resorts of Marmaris and Bodrum. Local authorities ordered the evacuation of tourists and residents.
Furious forest fires in Turkey trigger tourist evacuations in Bodrum and Marmaris
Because of the strong fires, people were first evacuated in Marmaris.
The forest burns very close to houses and hotels.
Turkey’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Bekir Pakdemirli, said five helicopters, one airplane and 30 fire engines are fighting the devastating fires in the region.
The latest fire has broken out in the resort of Bodrum. People are being evacuated. Units of the Turkish Navy are involved in desperate attempts to keep the fires going.
Due to the heat wave in the region, the current forest fires started, the most severe in recent years. To date, three people have died in the disaster and 183 have suffered from smoke.
Previously, the Turkish Minister of Tourism Mahmet Nuri Ersoy said that the fires were pulling out of hotels and houses.
The Minister said: “Because the intervention was carried out on time and with large equipment, the fire was prevented from spreading towards the coast. Later roads to tourist areas were closed. “