Wildfires Force Turkish Cities to Bar Entry to Forests and Parks

Bloomberg Quint | Jul 30, 2021 at 9:58 PM
  • Major Turkish cities, including Istanbul, barred people from entering nearby forests and national parks after a spate of wildfires overwhelmed firefighters and claimed four lives.
  • The decision by Turkey’s largest city and some others came as flames raged through forests along the country’s southern Mediterranean coast and further inland.
  • This week’s wildfires are the worst since 2019, when Turkish officials accused a group linked to the Kurdish militant group PKK, which has been engaged in a decades-long struggle for autonomy with security forces, of starting forest fires.