Deceptive calm in Marmaris Turkey

The wildfires in Marmaris and around Turkey continue to dominate the headlines in Turkey and around the world. Forest fires have always been a part of our history, however it has never been so widespread. It’s been five days since the wildfires broke out in Marmaris and Icmeler. The wildfires have spread along the coast, destroying the landmarks of nature and tourism. The tourists and locals were evacuated from Icmeler, Turunc and other areas affected by fire. The local community has provided the most rapid and generous response. Most of the local population spend sleepless nights and full days in extreme heat collecting sandwiches, iced water and other essentials for the firefighters and volunteer teams fighting against the fire up in the mountains and nearby villages. We know it is a disaster for Turkey and the world, as we continue to receive your comments full of support. Times like this should make us stronger and we really want to believe in that. This morning the white smoke that you see over the mountains above Turunc and Kumlubuk do pose a risk.