The Minister of Forest and Water Affairs Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu, met up with press members on August 2, 2017 when he came to Izmır and made a visit to forest areas of Izmır Regional Directorate where 5 great forest fire occurred.
He made an air introducement for press members on forest fires in Meryemana in 2006, in Manısa Karakoca in 2007, in Buca Yıldız in 2016, in Menderes ve Bayındır in 2017 and gave information about the activites achieved after them. After air travel, Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu went to Gümüldür Fire Center and made a presentation on forest fire combating activites of the Ministry and General Directorate. Thenhe answered press members questions.
He mentioned that unfortunately most part of forest fires occurs antthropogenically. He gave information about the forst fires occurred recently in İzmir, fire-fighting processes and burned forest areas.
He underlined that there was no evacuations contrary to the claims. He said that fire-fighting organizations are prepared considering settlements and people living there.
After presentation the Minister Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu made an assessment meeting on fire-fighting works of İzmir Regional Directorate of Forestry.