Kacarlar, a village on Turkey’s southern coast, is facing extreme wildfires spreading around the country. The farms are in grave danger as the animals and crops are all burning by the minute. At least six people have died in the flames this week, and those who are still alive are facing hazardous scorching temperatures that are likely the result of climate change. On Saturday, two firefighters were killed while trying to contain the flames according to Forestry Ministry and Turkish Agriculture.
Since Wednesday, 88 fires started and spread across the country and ten of which are still burning. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced that parts of the five providences of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast are considered “disaster zones” after observing the damage from a helicopter ride. Afterwards, the president tweeted, “We will continue to take all steps to heal the wounds of our people, to compensate for losses and to improve opportunities to better than before”. The Turkish Natural Disaster and Emergency Directorate (AFAD) stated that the largest fire is in Manavgat in the Antalya Providence, which killed at least three people. This fire spread to a neighboring village of Kacarlar, where homes that were built by hand burned to ashes.
“At least 77 houses have been damaged in the province of Antalya, and more than 2,000 farm animals have died, Turkey’s Agriculture and Forestry Minister, Bekir Pakdemirli, told journalists on Thursday.”From the CNN article, “‘The animals are on fire,’ say devastated farmers as wildfires sweep Turkey”
The hot and dry weather worsened the flames. With the temperatures around 98.6°F (37°C), humidity less than 14%, and winds around 31 miles per hour, the fires were able the spread quickly. Hikemt Ozturk, a forestry expert with the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, told CNN, “while 95% of fires in Turkey are caused by people, the spread of the fires is worsened by climate change.”
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