Blazes contained in Antalya districts after 218 hours of firefighting, says Turkish foreign minister


It took 218 hours of firefighting at full pace to contain forest fires in Antalya's Manavgat and Gundogmus districts, Turkey’s foreign minister said Friday.


Mevlut Cavusogly made the remarks before holding an evaluation meeting at the coordination center of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) in Manavgat. He was accompanied by Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum.


Cavusoglu said despite difficult conditions and strong winds, crews put out fires at critical points.


As many as 1,915 vehicles and 8,155 personnel were in the field Friday, while air forces carried out 1,600 sorties, he said, adding that 59 neighborhoods in five districts were affected by the fires that have lasted for nearly 10 days.