Forest fire rages near Turkish resort

Forest fire rages nearTurkish resort

27 June 2008

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Turkey — Hotels and houses were evacuated today as a forest fire raged on ahill near the Turkish Mediterranean resort of Marmaris.

Television footage showed woodland ablaze and strong winds blowing thicksmoke across residential areas just 200 metres away in the Marmaris district ofArmutalan.

Fire brigades are fighting the blaze from the ground and with helicopters,and hotels and houses nearby were cleared.

The cause of the fire, which broke out around 3pm local time, was notimmediately clear.

An official said firefighters were attempting to limit the fire to an area ofthree to five hectares.

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