Turkey fights against time as forest fires rage

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Turkey fights against time as forest fires rage

Reuters footage showed smoke billowing from hills as the blaze spread through the woodlands in the sparsely populated area, with helicopters and planes dropping water on the flames throughout the day.

More than 8,400 acres, or 3,400 hectares of land were affected by the fire that began around 8 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

More than 1,100 vehicles, as well as 61 helicopters and 13 aircraft were on duty Friday to deploy in the fight against the firefighting effort.

The Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said he had admitted to setting fire to the forest out of frustration due to family issues. State-owned news agency Anadolu reports that he was found in the forest with two gasoline cans. The blaze has been fanned by high winds in the area, and Forestry and Agriculture Minister Vahit Kirisci told reporters on Friday that there would be more high temperatures and wind as of this afternoon. A spokesman for the Mugla Province forest directorate told reporters on Friday that they were fighting against time. The graph shows all changes in global temperature since 1850. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on Thursday that 29 people had been affected by the fires, with two still receiving treatment in the hospital. Some 274 people were evacuated as a precaution, officials said. Turkey was the country that was most affected by the Mediterranean fires last year, which burned through more than 206,000 hectares of its land, according to the European Forest Fire Information System. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government was criticised for being unprepared to fight the 2021 fires, due to a lack of planes and helicopters. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the main opposition Republican People's Party CHP, said on Wednesday that the government was incompetent and had not increased preparedness after last year's fires.