Power station in the city of Milas threatens in the second week of historic wildfires on the Turkish Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.
A power plant in southwestern Mugla province of Turkey has been evacuated after a wildfire reached its edge.
A fire reached the perimeter of the Kemerkoy thermal power station in the Turkevleri district of Mugla on Wednesday, with efforts to put out the fire by strong winds in the region.
All personnel were evacuated from the plant, while flammable and explosive materials were also removed. Water tankers and fire trucks were stationed at the plant in case the fire spread further to the main building.
A news agency team saw firefighters, local police cars and locals flee the scene as powerful flames erupted at the edges of the power station near the city of Milas in the Aegean Sea.
Local officials said earlier that hydrogen tanks used to cool the station had been emptied as a precaution and filled with water.
The plant works with coal and fuel oil, officials told AFP.
In photos posted by Milas mayor Muhammet Tokat, a raging flame appeared at the gates of the factory.
Flames have entered the thermal power station … The power station is now completely emptied and sirens are now sounding … pic.twitter.com/pWBn4bmQPh
– Atty. Muhammet Tokat (@ MuhammetTokat48) 4 August 2021
Translation: “Flames have entered the thermal power plant. The plant is currently being evacuated and sirens are being heard. ”
The fire reached the site in the second week of historic wildfires that killed eight people and devastated large parts of pristine forest along Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was holding a live television interview when the evacuation of the plant began.
“The thermal power plant is under threat to burn down,” Erdogan said. “There was a great wind. Otherwise it would have been easier to include. ”
Erdogan said 51 helicopters and 20 planes were putting out wildfires in the country after 187 fires broke out in the past eight days.