WORLD Turkey strengthens power plant's security as wildfire nears

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Turkey strengthens power plant's security as wildfire nears

Xinhua

09:42, August 07, 2021

Photo taken with a drone shows a burned area in Bodrum district of Mugla, Turkey, on Aug. 6, 2021. Turkish authorities on Friday strengthened security measures in the southwestern province of Mugla as a wildfire advanced toward a thermal power plant. (Photo: Xinhua)

ISTANBUL, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Turkish authorities on Friday strengthened security measures in the southwestern province of Mugla as a wildfire advanced toward a thermal power plant.

Firefighters have chopped down several trees around the Yenikoy Thermal Power Plant when the fire was about five km from the station, according to the Mugla municipality.

Gendarmerie forces closed a highway toward the power plant while aerial firefighting responses to the fire continued.

The plant is a coal-fired station, the second in Mugla after the Kemerkoy Thermal Power Plant which was also hit by the blaze on Wednesday.

Turkey has been battling massive wildfires that erupted in southern and southwestern coastal resort towns 10 days ago. The blazes have claimed eight lives.

According to press reports, so far 196 of the 208 fires in Turkey's 44 provinces have been brought under control.

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