Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.
Forest fire destroys over two acres of land in the Fethiye area
Over two acres of land was destroyed by a fire in the Fethiye area on Thursday.
It took firefighters two hours to bring the fire, which broke out at around 3:40pm in the forest area above Karaot Beach in Yanıklar, under control.
Three aircraft, six helicopters, 14 sprinklers, 10 water tankers, three firefighting vehicles and 105 forestry workers battled against high winds to put the fire out.
Muğla Regional Forestry Director Mehmet Çelik said the cause of the fire still remains unclear.
Millions hit the roads as 10-day Kurban Bayramı and Victoy Day holiday starts
Millions of people across Turkey hit the roads on Friday for the 10-day public holiday for Kurban Bayramı (Feast of Sacrifice) and Victory Day.
Airline and bus companies scheduled extra trips to manage the high demand. Cars created traffic jams on the roads into holiday resorts.
Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi said 1,545 flights carrying nearly 250,000 people were made.
The company had announced earlier that a total of 196 extra flights were scheduled for the long holiday, adding that the Most popular holiday destinations were Bodrum, Dalaman and Antalya.
In many holiday resorts, hotel occupancy rates have hit 100 percent.
This is the last long holiday opportunity for millions of people before the end of summer.
Smoking ban to extend to drivers in Turkey
A report in Turkish media outlets said that the government was preparing a draft law which will ban smoking for drivers.
The ban, currently applied in mass transit vehicles, will now cover the drivers of privately-owned cars who will be fined if caught smoking.
On 3 January 2008, Turkey passed a smoking ban for all indoor spaces including bars, cafés and restaurants. It also bans smoking in sports stadia, and the gardens of mosques and hospitals. The smoking ban came into force on 19 May 2008; however, bars, restaurants and cafes were exempted until mid-July 2009.
Figures show the ban, along with escalated taxes and free treatment for smokers, has helped decrease smoking in the Turkey.
The Health Ministry, which oversees anti-smoking initiatives, plans to step up its fight against smoking with new measures banning smoking in public parks and gardens and other public places. Specific areas will be designated for smoking.
The same draft law also brings plain packaging for cigarette packs.
Project to Raise awareness about street animals
Fethiye Municipality and FETAV Fethiye Animal Friends (FHD) are working together on the first project to raise awareness about Street Animals.
Billboards have been hung at five different points in Fethiye with a message from the Mayor, Behçet SAATCI, who wants to convey the message “1 CUP OF WATER AND 1 CUP OF DINNER FOR STREET ANIMALS”
An almost full house turned out on Saturday to watch Fethiyespor win 1-0 at home against Hacettepe spor.
With all matches played this week this is how the league table looks after first game of the season
The next match is away to Pendikspor on 10th September at 7pm. The next home match against Gümüşhanespor will take place on 16th September at 7pm. Please note these dates and times are subject to change?
The British Pound bought 4.43Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday.
The week before it was selling for 4.52TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Featured photograph by local photographer, Türgay Uykusuz