10 decares burnt down at babadağ

7th, 2012
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A fire broke out at Babadağ, Akbel site with undetermined reasons early in the morning. Teams from Fethiye Department of Forests were sent to the site upon notice, and they began to work in order to extinguish the flames at 06:45 am. 5 sprinklers, 4 water tank trucks and 60 workers responded to the fire despite the wind spreading the flames. Fire brigades from Fethiye and Ölüdeniz gave support to the work of extinguishing. Forest workers had hard time as the fire region is steep and the burning trees kept falling down. Due to heavy smoke, the teams had difficulty in finding their direction. At 08:30, the fire was under control. Approximately 10 decares burned in forest area and cooling efforts continue. Director of Fethiye Forestry Department Gürhan Zorlu said “Fire alarm arreived at 06:30, and our teams were there at 06:45. We had hard time due to strong wind. We keep searching the cause of the fire. According to initial reports, a picnic fire extinguished here in the evening flamed again because of the wind. Although we are not certain, this could have started the forest fire. The storm blowing 80-90 km per hour did not allow the the forest fire-fighting helicopter take off.”

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