Turkish firefighters battle large forest fire in western Çanakkale province

Turkish firefighters have managed to keep large fires that broke out in Turkey’s western Çanakkale province under control, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli said on Sunday.

The fires swept across the large forested areas near Behramlı village on the Çanakkale peninsula on Saturday night, local media reports said.

Several explosions were recorded in the area after the flames set off unexploded munitions from the World War One battles between Turkish defenders and British and allied invaders, Pakdemirli said on Sunday.

The fire spread to an area of 100 hectares (247 acres) before firefighters gained control of it, said the minister.

The firefighting operation involved some 250 personnel, as well as 10 helicopters, 72 fire trucks and 10 bulldozers, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency quoted forestry director Bekir Karacabey as saying.

While no people were harmed in the fire, thousands of trees were caught in the fires and it is likely that many animals were also harmed, Karacabey said.