Majority of wildfires in Turkey under control

A man watches wildfires in Antalya, Turkey (AP)
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More than 100 wildfires have been brought under control in Turkey according to officials.

The minister of forestry and agriculture, Bekir Pakdemirli, tweeted that five fires were continuing in the tourist destinations of Antalya and Mugla, while 107 fires were “under control”.

The fires in Antalya were continuing in the districts of Manavgat and Gundogmus. In Mugla, they continued in the tourist destination of Marmaris, as well as Koycegiz and Milas.

Wildfires in Antalya, Turkey (AP)

Police water cannons, usually used to control riots, assisted helicopters and fire engines in Mugla to fight a blaze.

Panic-struck tourists were evacuated on Saturday from some hotels in Mugla’s popular district of Bodrum as a fire rolled down the hill towards the seashore. Mr Pakdemirli said the fires in Bodrum have been controlled.

His list showed fires began in 32 provinces from Wednesday onwards. Six people have died.

A woman tries to stop an advancing wildfire in Turkey (AP)

While Turkish authorities are investigating whether the fires may have started as an act of “sabotage” by outlawed Kurdish militants, experts mostly point to the climate crisis, as seen by the drastic increases in temperatures, along with accidents caused by people.

A heatwave across southern Europe, fed by hot air from Africa, has led to wildfires across the Mediterranean, including in Italy and Greece.

Temperatures in Greece and nearby countries in south-east Europe are expected to climb to 42C (107F) on Monday in many cities and towns.

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