A total of 50 decares of olive grove were destroyed after a fire ignited by a cigarette butt caught them on fire in the Aegean province of Aydin on June 25, Dogan News Agency has reported.
The fire erupted in Aydin’s Sultanhisar district at 1:30 p.m. The fire was reportedly ignited by a cigarette butt that spread in a short time after being hit by a strong wind. Locals informed fire crews after seeing fumes rising.
Several sprinklers from the Forestry Operation Directorate and fire crews of the Aydin Municipality were dispatched to the scene.
Crews had difficulty extinguishing the fire due to rugged terrain while fire helicopters supported extinguishing works from the air. The fire was brought under control hours later as 50 decares of olive grove and a century-old olive tree were reduced to ash. Officials said cooling works have been ongoing.
Meanwhile, another fire erupted in the Aegean province of Denizli. Fifty decares of forested area in the Guney district was destroyed. Fire crews and helicopter from the Aegean provinces of Mugla and Izmir supported the extinguishing works. The fire was brought under control at 9:00 p.m. on June 25, Dogan News Agency has reported.
Izmir’s Dikili district also surrendered to a fire on June 25. Crews brought the fire in a forested area under control in a short time. There were no immediate reports on the cause of the fire.
Source: Daily Hurriyet