Published on : Friday, September 8, 2017
Ismail Üzmez, the Head of the General Directorate of Forestry, said almost all of Turkey’s forest fire fighting force and the disaster management team were sent out to the Menderes district of Izmir. This devastating forest fire has burned more than 500 hectares of forest land and scrubs so far.
Ismail Üzmez also said that to cope up with the disaster, there are nine helicopters, four large fire-fighter planes, 128 sprinklers aside from those of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and thousands of personnel are fighting the fire.
Meanwhile, a fire fighting helicopter crashed into the nearby Tahtalı Dam while trying to fill up its water bucket. The civic authorities said that the bucket got caught on an object inside the water, and the engine of the helicopter failed while the crew was trying to free the bucket.
Turkey now has the hear flow with the temperatures reached up to 41°C in Izmir and more than 40°C in western Turkey.
Due to the heat wave and dry weather which has increased the risk of forest fires, the residents and the tourists in the city of Izmir has also been affected from power and water crisis while trying to handle with temperatures some 10 degrees above seasonal averages.
Üzmez also explained that about 97 percent of forest fires are man-made disasters which are resulting from the barbeques, cigarettes, or fires started by hunters or shepherds, dumpster or stubble fires.