Forest Fire in Gallipoli Brought Under Control

Forest Fire in Gallipoli Brought Under Control

11 September 2006

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Canakkale, Turkey — A forest fire that broke out on the Gallipoli peninsula in the northwestern Turkish province of Canakkale has been brought under control.

The forestry workers supported by six helicopters, six planes and around 30 other firefighting vehicles battled against the blaze.

Canakkale deputy Governor Yusuf Ziya Ince late on Sunday told reporters that the fire, which started in the quarter of Akbas near Eceabat town on Sunday afternoon, was brought under control. Ince stated that the fire rapidly spread over the area due to the strong wind and that also hampered efforts to bring the fire under control.

The fire, which is thought to have started due to electricity wires, destroyed at least 25 hectares of forestry area. Turkish gendarmerie personnel also contributed to the fire fighting efforts.

Turkey has suffered 1,448 forest fires so far this year which destroyed 2,533 hectares of forest throughout the country, Turkish officials said on Tuesday.


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