Turkish Forest Fire Lookouts


Wednesday 18 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

With pine forested mountains and low hills as far as the eye can see, we live out here in the knowledge that we are in the safe hands of the local fire crews. Every few kilometres there are hilltop fire lookouts that are manned from April till October each and every year.




Usually these places are naturally off the beaten track, stuck right on top of a mountain or hill, overlooking a number of surrounding valleys and low hills. There is normally one guy, his wife, and perhaps a couple of young kids; plus chickens and a few goats – they do not come back down until the end of the season.






They have a small TV, a radio, a set of huge binoculars and two-way radios enabling contact 24×7 with the forestry fire control centre. And they do a good job, I can tell you. One evening after a brief mid-summer lightning storm, we reported a strike site where smoke was spotted, just 700 metres from the house.

The fire watch had already seen it, as, within 12 minutes, two big Russian fire choppers appeared on scene….






8 thoughts on “Turkish Forest Fire Lookouts

  1. joannesisco says:

    Watching the water bombers is really fascinating. Great photos catching them in action!


  2. dayphoto says:

    Oh! My! I’m glad they were fast on the scene with all those trees it could have turned into a huge nightmare!

    Linda ❤⊱彡

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  3. I have seen this for myself. When I was in Bodrum there was fire in the trees directly behind the town. It looked quite fierce but was soon put out when those helicopter drops were made!

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