Turkey — A forest fire that erupted in the Gelibolu (Gallipoli) district ofthe western province of Çanakkale on Wednesday was brought under control onFriday morning.
A statement released yesterday by the Forestry and Environment Ministry said:”The fire affected 80 hectares of red pine forest area. Three helicopters,five aircraft, four boats, 13 bulldozers, a 30-member technical team and 500firefighters took part in the efforts to contain the fire. The fire had earlierbeen taken under control; however, it became violent again due to a sudden windthat erupted in the neighborhood.”
Çanakkale Provincial Director of Forestry and Environment Mustafa Demirelsaid they had sought assistance from nearby provinces and that fortunately thefire had not penetrated the Gelibolu Peninsula Historical National Park.