Turkey says 2010 sees land damage by fire down 60 pc

The fields damaged by forest fires have diminished by 60 percent as of August 2010 compared to the same period of 2009.

Turkey says 2010 sees land damage by fire down 60 pc

The fields damaged by forest fires have diminished by 60 percent as of August 2010 compared to the same period of 2009.

According a report released by the Turkish Directorate General of Forestry, the total surface area of the lands harmed by 1,137 forest fires in Turkey was 2,940 hectares as of August 19, 2009.

A total of 1,186 hectares of land was damaged in 956 fires that have erupted in Turkey's forests in the same term this year, the report said.

The report also noted that "negligence" was the biggest cause of the fires, adding cigarettes not crushed out and fires set off by picknickers and shepherds caused a major part of the forest fires.

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