A massive fire broke out in the forests of Çanakkale Province, western Türkiye, on Tuesday, August 22, as the impact of the fire erupted due to the wind, which cause the forest fire to reach the residential areas, while the authorities closed the Dardanelles Strait of ship traffic.

The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry stated that the fire continued on a line with a length of about 15 kilometers.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said in statements, “6 villages have been evacuated, and no loss of life has occurred so far”.

Several Turkish media outlets published a disturbing images and videos of the fires in Çanakkale.

The Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure announced that ship traffic in the Dardanelles Strait was temporarily closed to traffic in both directions due to the forest fire.

In a statement by the ministry, “The boats of the General Directorate of Coastal Safety have been alerted for a possible response in the event of a fire breaking out on the seashore”.

For its part, the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Administration (AFAD) said that the head of the department went to Çanakkale to follow up on the work of extinguishing the fire, and explained that 421 firefighters, 10 aircraft, 26 helicopters and 68 fire engines are currently working in the area.

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