Forest fire in western Turkey destroys 350 hectares of forest

Forest fire in western Turkey destroys 350 hectares of forest

16 August 2007

published by www.earthtimes.org


Ankara, Turkey — Firefighters in western Turkey on Thursday brought under control a blaze that injured 17 people and destroyed around 350 hectares of forest, CNN-Turk television reported. A number of houses in the forest were also destroyed in the blaze that started Wednesday afternoon at a public park near the main highway between the town of Manisa and the city of Izmir.

Battling the blaze, firefighters on the ground were backed up by 10 specially-equipped aircraft and 14 water-dumping helicopters.

The 17 injured were all treated for smoke-inhalation at nearby hospitals.

Investigators were looking into whether the fire was started accidentally or whether arson was to blame.


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