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Wildfires have burned more than Turkey’s forests

The Turkish government’s conduct during the wildfires that engulfed Turkey’s coastline has not only led to devastation of the country’s forests, but also caused loss of the nation’s sense of solidarity in the wake of natural disasters
Firefighters battle a large wildfire near the village of Ikizce, in Mugla province, Turkey, Aug. 6, 2021.

Undoubtedly, the wildfires that started in late July and devastated the forests overlooking the idyllic beauty of the turquoise waters of its southwestern region are the worst Turkey has ever experienced. Between July 28 and Aug. 5, some 180 forest fires broke out in 38 of the country's 81 provinces. More than 15 planes, nine drones, six helicopters, 850 fire extinguishing trucks and 5,250 personnel have been fighting to extinguish the wildfires.

Up to Aug. 4, wildfires had consumed almost 95,000 hectares (234,650 acres). Nearly 50,000 people have had to leave their damaged homes, and scores of resorts and hotels were evacuated at the peak of the tourism season.

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