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Firefighters Battle Wildfire Near Turkish Resort
Firefighters Battle Wildfire Near Turkish Resort

Firefighters Battle Wildfire Near Turkish Resort

Ankara, 22 Jun (ONA) --- Firefighters, aided by water-dropping planes and helicopters, were battling a wildfire today that broke out in southwestern Turkey, local officials and media reports said.

The fire erupted last evening in the Bordubet region, near the vacation resort of Marmaris on Turkey’s Aegean coast. It spread rapidly, fanned by strong winds, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Some 30 homes near the region were evacuated as a precaution. The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

Anadolu said close to 1,600 personnel were involved in efforts to bring the fire under control, including teams brought in from neighboring provinces. A total of 20 helicopters and 14 planes were deployed, the agency reported.

--- Ends/Khalid