World Bulletin / News Desk
Firefighting teams from the country's forestry service are attempting to contain a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 250 acres of forestland in the foothills of the Kaz Mountains in the western province of Balıkesir.
Balıkesir Governor Ahmet Turhan is also in the area and is leading the containment efforts as firefighting teams struggle to get the fire under control. A piece of heavy equipment that had been contributing to efforts to bring the fire under control overturned, and several firefighters have suffered from smoke inhalation.
Many local residents and firefighters have been taken to the hospital for treatment. Due to a blustering wind, the fire now threatens to engulf Havran, a district of Balıkesir, as strong winds have fanned the flames near in the area. More than 100 water tenders and over 10 pieces of heavy equipment are being used to tackle the fire.
Some residents of the village of Tepeopba, located in the vicinity of the blaze, have begun to return their to homes as the immediate threat to the village has been alleviated. Dozens of animals have been killed by the fire.
Considering the ongoing threat of the fire, several ambulances and the Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) teams are still in the region.
The area that was engulfed in flames in the foothills of the Kaz Mountains in Balıkesir is full of pinus pinea, larch, vineyards, vegetable gardens, orchards and olive groves. The fire is likely to cause significant damage to the local economy.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says the new cabinet 'represents every color of Turkey'
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved the interim Cabinet list
Two Britons detained by Turkish security forces for working without government accreditation
Ahmet Davutoglu says he will pass list to president for approval Friday afternoon
Turkish dailies cover both praise and criticism for rebel MP who defied party line to take position in interim government
Soldiers standing guard near a highway in southeastern Turkey were attacked by PKK members
Peoples’ Democratic Party's (HDP) Istanbul deputy Tuzel says he will not take part in the interim government because of alleged negative aims of AK Party
Thursday’s dailies cover interim-government moves plus a 4.5G network tender which has seen a record bid worth $4.4 billion
President's comments were a message to voters to vote for ruling AKP and return its overall majority, thus avoiding instability
Davutoglu gives candidates one day to accept or decline ministry seats
Wednesday’s dailies mainly cover moves to form an interim government, plus the aftermath of flooding in northeastern Turkey
An armored vehicle has also been hit in the attack on a police station in eastern Turkey’s Bingol province
Recent polls say one-party government unlikely even after snap election on November 1
Ahmet Davutoglu to create cabinet as country faces repeat of June general election
Country's main election body announces the date of snap election
President Erdogan mandates current PM to form government which will lead Turkey to snap polls