Fire prevention

Turkey to buy 4 firefighting planes following summer wildfires

Turkey has decided to buy four firefighting planes "soon," following the 299 wildfires that erupted in 49 out of all 81 provinces between July 28 and Aug. 12, according to the aviation columnist of daily Hürriyet.

"The buying process will be conducted over by the presidency of defense industries," Uğur Cebeci wrote on Oct. 13.

Expert proposes to sell burned trees, use money in fight against wildfires

A Turkish expert has advised authorities to sell all the trees burned in last month's wildfires that devastated forests in 53 provinces out of all 81 late July and use the money collected in the fight against future forest fires.

According to data from the General Directorate of Forestry, some 133,000 hectares of land have been burnt.

Mitsotakis blames disastrous wildfires on climate change, seeks consensus on restructuring

By George Gilson

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in a parliamentary debate today on the recent disastrous wildfires defended the government's management of the crisis, and he blamed the magnitude of it on the extended heat wave in the Mediterranean and on climate change.

PM blames climate change, heat waves for huge wildfires that destroyed 100,000 hectares of forest land

By George Gilson

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in a parliamentary debate today on the recent disastrous wildfires defended the government's management of the crisis, and he blamed the magnitude of it on the extended heat wave in the Mediterranean and on climate change.

Italy Ravaged by Wildfires, Record Heat in Sicily

High temperatures and dry weather assisted the spread of wildfires in Southern Europe with Italy being one of the worst hit. The wildfires advanced as far as the suburbs of the Italian capital Rome, Reuters elaborated. Local residents were evacuated from small communities around 40 km east of the ancient city.

Slovenian firefighters defend minefield from flames in N Macedonia

Skopje – Slovenian firefighters helping in the effort to put out wildfires in North Macedonia have protected buildings close to the eastern village of Budinarci from flames. With the help of a helicopter, they are also fighting a fire that has spread toward a minefield, the Civil Protection and Disaster Relief Administration has said.

Fires nearly end thanks to rains, massive efforts

Ravaged by wildfires since July 28, Turkey has contained most of the 223 wildfires that took 47 provinces in its grip with only six wildfires remaining, Turkey's agriculture and forestry minister said on Aug. 7 as precipitation at the weekend helped end the wildfires in the southern province of Antalya.

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