Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said one person had been detained and that he had admitted to setting fire to the forest out of frustration due to family issues. State-run news agency Anadolu reports he was found in the forest with two gasoline cans.
The blaze has been fanned by high winds in the area, and Forestry and Agriculture Minister Vahit Kirisci told reporters on Friday that there would be more “high temperature and wind as of this afternoon.”
“We are fighting against time before the expected wind,” a spokesman for the Mugla Province forest directorate told journalists on Friday.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on Thursday that 29 people had been affected by the fires, with two people still receiving treatment in hospital. 一些 274 people were evacuated as a precaution, 官员们说.
Turkey was the country worst affected by last year’s Mediterranean fires
, which burned through more than
206,000 hectares of its land
, according to the European Forest Fire Information System.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government was criticized for being unprepared to fight the 2021 火灾, especially due to a lack of planes and helicopters.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said on Wednesday the government was “incompetent” and had not increased preparedness following last year’s fires.