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Old 3rd August 2008, 04:04   #1 (permalink)
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Forest fire?

Hi Everyone:

I have just found out about the huge forest fire raging in Antalya and am hearing conflicting reports about how threatened Aspendos and the resort areas are. Can anyone tell me what's happening? Is the fire service at all close to containing the fire?

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Old 3rd August 2008, 09:11   #2 (permalink)
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Here's the latest M L

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7539121.stm
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yes,these are the worst they have had in the area..really massive area has been destroyed and several villages around Manavgat have been abandoned with houses burned to the ground.....
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yes,these are the worst they have had in the area..really massive area has been destroyed and several villages around Manavgat have been abandoned with houses burned to the ground.....
So sad, do they not have water bombers here?

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Re: Forest fire?

theres a massive effort going on
this is a paragraph from turkish Daily News yesterday

More than 2,000 firefighters along with local villagers, eight helicopters, six planes, 110 fire trucks and 30 bulldozers were being used to put out the blaze, but heavy winds and excessive heat were making it difficult to get the flames under control.

i dont know how its going today yet.
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theres a massive effort going on
this is a paragraph from turkish Daily News yesterday

More than 2,000 firefighters along with local villagers, eight helicopters, six planes, 110 fire trucks and 30 bulldozers were being used to put out the blaze, but heavy winds and excessive heat were making it difficult to get the flames under control.

i dont know how its going today yet.
Wow they are hitting this like it's a war zone and still were losing, hope the winds die down to give them a chance. Imagine fighting this in the heat they have there. Incredible!!!

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Taken from Hot News Turkey.com

Fire fighters have partially taken under control a forest fire in the southern province of Antalya as wind slowed down, a forest official said on Sunday. (UPDATED)

Forest fire in Turkey partially under control as wind slows down
"The risk has been reduced and fire's spread has been stopped. We have done most of the job and we can fully control the blaze in the afternoon if the wind does not get strong again," Mustafa Kurtulmuslu told the state-run Anatolian Agency.
The workers were backed by 12 firefighting aircrafts, he added.
Strong winds earlier on Sunday hampered fire-fighters' efforts to bring under control a major forest fire that has devastated 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres) of woodland in Turkey's tourism heartland.

One person has died and another is missing in the blaze, which has also destroyed 60 houses and endangered historical sites, including the ancient Greek amphitheatre in Aspendos, 37 km (23 miles) from the Mediterranean coastal resort of Side.
More than 2,000 people have been involved in tackling the fire, now in its fourth day, backed up by more than a dozen aircraft which have sought to douse the flames engulfing the region's woodland.
Environment and Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu said on Saturday officials thought the blaze was sparked by the snapping of power lines. However, state power officials said this was not possible, Reuters quoted broadcaster CNNturk.

Antalya is home to some of Turkey’s richest historical sites and is the country’s primary tourist destination, attracting about seven million foreigners each year.

Forest fires are common in Turkey as well as other Mediterranean countries during hot and arid summer months, sparked mostly by negligent residents.
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Re: Forest fire?

Glad to see fire is almost under control now.

Its a shame to see the devastation caused by fires and some people do not realise how dangerous and out of control they can get.

We came home the other day to find a fire blazing through the green area near us and we could not even pass it to get home. We watched as it spread by the wind and got closer and closer to us so we had to turn around and drive back the way we came.
A few minutes later the fire engine had arrived to put it out.

After we could finally pass the area and the fire was put out - we could see the fire had spread about 150 metres along and all the greenery had gone and it just looked devastating - there was lots of black ash, black trees, black grass everywhere.
What made us annoyed was we found out that local people had started it to clear some of the greenery in order to clean up but this had clearly got out of control and lives could have been lost or people injured because of it.

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