20 June 2012 /TODAY'S ZAMAN
Extreme temperatures that are well above seasonal norms have been contributing to fires in grassy fields in the city of Nevşehir, located in the center of a province of the same name in the Anatolian heartland, and officials are warning residents to be extra careful about causing fires, especially in picnic areas.
Fire squads of the Nevşehir Fire Brigade are constantly on alert during the hot days of June so they can intervene immediately in the event of a fire. Officials are warning locals to completely put out bonfires lit while picnicking and not to throw broken glass or cigarette butts that have not been completely extinguished into the city's parks and green areas.
Official warnings also note the prevention of fires is not only vital in preserving ecology and nature but also in protecting lives and property. Fires that burn in empty fields do not just scorch grass -- they destroy a large number of plants and other living organisms, officials say, noting that empty fields are extremely important to the region's ecology.