Speaking to Iran’s official news agency IRNA, Central Province Environmental Protection General Director Yusuf Yusufi stated that the fire started as a result of a lightning strike in the region at around 18:00 local time last night and lasted for about 8 hours despite the interventions.
Stating that the fire, which broke out between the airport and the treatment plant on the east side of the lagoon, caused environmental pollution, Yusufi stated that an area of 400 hectares was burned.
Yusufi added that it is gratifying that it is the migration season of birds.
Meykan Wetland, located in the city of Arak in the central province of western Iran, is known as a bird paradise that hosts approximately 140 bird species at different times of the year. The wetland is home to migratory birds that come to Iran from many parts of the world.