Residents of Turkey leave the areas engulfed in flames along the “fire trail” against the backdrop of large-scale forest fires in the country. The footage from the fire sites, published by citizens on Twitter, on Saturday, July 31, was shared by the TV channel REN TV…
On the recording, you can see the road surrounded by smoldering trees and powerful flames that engulfed forests. People, some in cars, some on their own, hastily leave their homes, passing close by meter-long tongues of flame.
This situation is observed in the city of Keycegiz, located in the Turkish province of Mugla, where the population is in panic over the situation. The fire reached the resort of Fethiye.
The Turkish government cited the actions of the arsonists as the cause of the disaster. According to preliminary information, pyromaniacs can wield near resort towns, contributing to the emergence of new centers of fire spread.
The day before, on July 30, it became known that firefighters in the country managed to localize 70 out of 81 forest fires.
Airplanes from Russia and Ukraine are taking part in extinguishing forest fires, another plane will be sent from Azerbaijan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. The Turkish leader added that the situation with extinguishing fires is developing in a positive way. The investigation into the causes of the fires continues.
The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Turkey on the same day reported that the fire hazard in the country had passed. During the day, tourists vacationing in Antalya will return to the hotels where they were originally located.
Earlier on Friday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said that there is currently no need to evacuate Russian tourists from Turkey due to the fires. According to him, Russia is ready to ensure the safety of Russian citizens in Turkey.
On the same day, the Consulate General reported that there were no Russians among the victims of the fires in Turkey, but citizens must be prepared for the possible evacuation of their fire-hazardous areas.
A day earlier, the Turkish President announced the mobilization of all possible forces to contain and extinguish forest fires. The country’s parliament assured that, despite the fact that the fires spread over a large area in the south of the country, the situation remains under control and there is no danger for tourists.