ANKARA – A forest fire apparently caused by an electrical short-circuit has been spreading in western Turkey, officials said yesterday. Koksal Konak, local forestry director in the industrial Bursa province, 200 km (125 miles) south of Istanbul, said a village had been evacuated but there were no casualties. Strong winds caused transmission lines from the Orhaneli power plant to short-circuit, showering sparks on trees underneath, he said.
“The fire is still not under control,” he told private NTV television station.
Some 800 hectares (1,980 acres) of forest had been burned, he said. “If we cannot control the fire it may spread to 5,000 hectares (12,360 acres).”