More than 100 wildfires have been brought under control in Turkey, according to authorities, as firefighters work to fight the fires that continue in popular seaside destinations.
Forestry and Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli tweeted that five fires continued in the tourist destinations of Antalya and Mugla, while 107 fires were “under control.”
The fires in Antalya continued in two districts. In Mugla they continued in the tourist destination of Marmaris, as well as other areas.
Police water cannons, generally used for riot control, assisted helicopters and fire trucks in a town in the popular Bodrum district of Mugla for fighting fires.
Turkish television showed that the fires had reignited after being extinguished earlier, with flames and smoke approaching a village. Civilians were trying to help.
The fires were also invading a village near the town of Manavgat, where helicopters were trying to put out the flames.
Terrified tourists were evacuated from some hotels in Bodrum on Saturday when a fire descended down the hill towards the seashore.
Pakdemirli’s list showed the fires started in 32 provinces as of Wednesday. Six people have died.
While the Turkish authorities are investigating whether the fires may have started as an act of “sabotage” by outlawed Kurdish militants, experts are primarily targeting the climate crisis, as seen by the drastic increases in temperatures, along with the accidents caused by people.
A heat wave in southern Europe, fueled by hot air from Africa, has sparked forest fires across the Mediterranean, including in Italy and Greece.
Temperatures in Turkey and nearby countries in Southeast Europe are expected to rise to 42 ° C (107 ° F) Monday in many cities and towns. Antalya was already registering 41C (106F) on Sunday.