A number of fires broke out in forests and farmland across Turkey since the beginning of the Eid al-Adha holiday period on Sunday due to hot, windy weather as well as human errors.
Fires broke out in Izmir, Kocaeli, Eskisehir, Mugla and Malatya provinces on Tuesday.
The first fire of Tuesday started in an area covered in olive trees and fruit orchards in the Balcilar neighborhood of Izmir’s Bayindir district around 3 pm. The reason for the outbreak is unknown.
Teams of the Izmir Regional Directorate of Forestry put out the fire in four hours using four fire extinguishing helicopters and 12 sprinklers.
Before the fire in Izmir was extinguished entirely, fires broke out in three different points in forestland in Kocaeli’s Eskihisar neighborhood in Gebze district around 5 pm.
The fire that began due to an unknown reason spread quickly. Firefighters from Gebze, Darica and Cayirova districts’ fire departments intervened and brought the fires under control in nearly an hour.
An investigation was launched into the issue in order to determine the damage caused by the fires in Gebze.
Another fire reportedly broke out in Turkey’s western province of Eskisehir late on the same day. The fire, which started in forestland in the Yapildak neighborhood in the Seyitgazi district, spread over an area of 30 hectares.
Hundreds of trees were reduced to ashes before the fire was brought under control by teams from Eskisehir Regional Directorate of Forestry on Wednesday morning, with the help of two fire extinguishing helicopters and 10 sprinklers.
A total of 12 people were reportedly hospitalized with one suffering slight burns in the arm and the rest due to smoke inhalation.
Late on Tuesday, a fire in forestland in Malatya’s Battalgazi district destroyed 5 hectares of land and was put down by firefighters and citizens after three hours of work.
An investigation was launched into the fire that broke out due to an unknown reason.
Another small-scale fire that occurred in forestland in southwestern Mugla’s Fethiye district was extinguished with the use of a fire extinguishing helicopter and six sprinklers.
A large-scale fire broke out on Monday, the second day of the Eid al-Adha on the Marmara Island in the Sea of Marmara. The fire spread to the residential area.
Sixty houses were evacuated due to the fire while four firefighters and some citizens were sent to the hospital because of smoke inhalation.
The fires that spread over 80 hectares of land were brought under control by firefighters and citizens in 10 hours.
A suspect with the initials H.T was detained as part of the investigation that was launched into the fire over claims that he set some grass on fire while cleaning his garden.
There were also fires in 15 areas of forest and 12 areas of farmland in several provinces caused by hot and windy weather, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli told Turkish press on Monday.
Fires in the western province of Balıkesir killed 100 animals, hospitalized 30 people due to smoke inhalation and damaged three houses and a gendarmerie building before the flames were brought under control on Monday night.
Hayati Ozgur, the deputy general director of forestry, warned citizens that 95 percent of fires in Turkey occurred because of human activity and therefore people should take care during hot and dry weather.