Forests off Bounds in Antalya due to Fire Outbreaks

Forests off Bounds in Antalya due to FireOutbreaks

23 August 2006

published by www.zaman.com


Turkey — Entry into forests in Antalya has beenforbidden until further notice, in line with a Turkish Ministry of Forestry andEnvironment circular issued in the wake of current wave of forest fires acrossTurkey.

In a written statement Antalya governor’s office announced the ban to allwooded areas within Antalya province.

A number of measures have been taken to prevent further forest fires. Safaritours by jeep, motorcycle and other vehicles in the woods were also suspendeduntil the weather conditions return to normal.

The circular of the ministry followed scores of forest fires that broke outin different parts of the country.

19 forest fires were brought under control by Tuesday morning while ragingflames near the town of Kas and Milas in southern Turkey still continue to burnforest land despite all firefighting efforts to control them. Hundreds ofhectares of wooded areas have been destroyed by the fires in the last few days.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has claimed responsibility forstarting the current wave of forest fires across Turkey, a pro-PKK websitereported on Tuesday.


 

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