Update (1500 ET): Wildfires are blazing across southeastern Europe on Wednesday, including in Turkey, Greece, and Italy. One of the most severe fires could be developing in Milas, Turkey, where Insider Paper reports a thermal power plant has caught fire.
Kemerköy Thermal Power Plant, a 630-megawatt coal-fired power plant built in the mid-1980s, is reportedly on fire.
ALERT - Sirens sounding, explosions reported after flames of fire in Turkey enters Thermal power plant in Milas.pic.twitter.com/6VSEeOPshw— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) August 4, 2021
"What I understand is this; With this shortsighted management, there is nothing to do but watch until 40 TONS of coal is burned," said one Twitter user.
Kemerköy #TermikSantrali'nde 40 TON Kömür Stoğu varmış arkadaşlar.— subLiminAL (@ceLALce) August 4, 2021
Benim anladığım şu;
Bu basiretsiz yönetimle 40 TON kömür yanıp bitene kadar izlemekten başka yapacak birşey yok 😢pic.twitter.com/qGZj5Oyqxk
Explosions were seen at the power plant.
BREAKING: Explosions in Kemerköy Thermal Power Plant as Turkey wildfires reach it in Milas— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) August 4, 2021
This is a very dangerous situation as dozens of wildfires burn throughout the Mediterranean country.
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A dangerous heat wave is ravaging parts of southeastern Europe resulting in wildfires across Turkey, Greece, and Italy, according to VOA News.
Firefighters across the European Union arrived in Turkey on Monday. The wildfires have burned for at least one week as political opposition mounts against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his sluggish fire response.
Turkey doesn't have firefighting planes and has had to rely on other countries, including several EU members, for aerial fire support.
Southern Europe continues to see devastating wildfires fueled by soaring temperatures. Tourists and residents in some parts are still being evacuated. The European Union said it "stands in full solidarity with Turkey", sending planes to combat roaring fires#rescEU #eusolidarity pic.twitter.com/D0byHhBOLd— IMAGO. (@imago_images) August 4, 2021
Erdogan tweeted a statement regarding the fires: "We will continue to take all necessary steps to heal our nation's wounds, compensate for its losses, and improve its opportunities even better than before."
Nex store in Greece, thousands of residents were evacuated in Athens as wildfires tore through the northern district of the metro area. Homes were burnt, and power grids were severed.
"It is a large fire and it will take a lot of work to get this under control," greater Athens regional governor George Patoulis told state-run ERT television. "The foliage is very dense in these areas and it is very dried out due to the heatwave, so the conditions are difficult."
On Tuesday, high temperatures were a blistering 115F as the country faces the worst heat wave in three decades.
"The fire is still raging, its perimeter is very wide and the heat load is very strong," a fire official said Wednesday, according to Reuters.
On Wednesday, Greek emergency services warned residents and tourists of "extreme fire danger" in Rhodes and Crete.
In Italy, firefighters used helicopters with water buckets to battle the country's wildfires along the Adriatic coast and Sicily region. Italy's National Fire Corps said air tankers from Canada supported efforts to reduce the spread of fires where at least 715 flare-ups have been observed in the past 24 hours.
🔥Wildfires are wreaking 'incalculable' environmental damage across southern Europe.— Telegraph World News (@TelegraphWorld) August 4, 2021
🌡️A severe heatwave left tinderbox-like conditions across Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain.
And then the fires started…
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The heat wave is expected to abate in southeastern Europe after this weekend.