Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu said on Tuesday that forest fires that broke out in many regions throughout Turkey were extinguished totally in terms of engineering.
Speaking to press corps, Eroglu said 1,300 fire-fighters and 150 expert engineers attended efforts to contain the fires.
"It is so hard to put out fire under 40-45 degrees Celsius temperature. The loss could be more if it had happened in another country. The workers have sworn not to give up till all the fires are contained," Eroglu said.
Eroglu said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered Forestry Management to establish a national fire fleet to combat fires.
"A fully equipped fire extinguisher plane costs 30-40 million USD. The fleet can be established in 5-6 years by purchasing 3-4 planes a year," he added.
Last Mod: 05 Ağustos 2008, 16:24