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ŠUMARSKI LIST 5-6/2020 str. 59     <-- 59 -->        PDF

37°0630““ north latitude and 28°2500““ – 29°0450““ east longitude. Total area of the FED is 118,484 ha where there are six Forest Enterprise Chiefs (FECs) including Ağla, Akköprü, Beyobası, Karaēam, Köyceğiz, and Sultaniye FECs (Figure 1).
According to the forest management plan data of Köyceğiz FED, total forest land in the region is mostly (65%) covered with coniferous forests (GDF, 2012). About 94% of the coniferous forests consist of pine species (Pinus brutia Ten. and Pinus nigra) while 1% is covered with cedar (Cedrus libani), and rest of the area is covered with other coniferous species. According to the fire sensitivity classification provided by GDF, forest lands in the study area are sensitive to forest fire at the first degree (Akay et al., 2010). Particularly, Brutian pine (Pinus brutia Ten.) stands are highly prone to forest fire which increases the risk of forest fire in the region. In addition, the study area is located in a region that is very rich in terms of biodiversity, natural lakes and seashores, historical and cultural assets, and special environmental protection zones. Thus, forest fires are not only threatening the forest resources but also many desirable natural resources within the borders of Köyceğiz FED.   
The average elevation of Köyceğiz FED is 583m with an average slope of 32%. The area has Mediterranean-like climatic conditions where there is rather high temperatures in the summer and fairly low in the winter. The average wind speed is 1.2 meters per second. June, July, August, and September are the hottest months of the year while January is the coldest in the area. Based on the meteorological data obtained from Köyceğiz FED, the lowest and highest temperatures are -7°C and 43°C, respectively, with an overall annual average temperature of 18.3°C (GDF 2016). In the region, average relative humidity is 69% and the average annual precipitation is 1151.2 mm.