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Wildfires hit Turkey’s Mediterranean coast as temperatures soar

More than 250 fires have raged across the country in less than two months amid unusually high temperatures.
Volunteers help to extinguish a wildfire that broke out in the Datca district of Mugla, Turkey, July 13, 2022.

ANKARA — Wildfires are raging across Turkey’s Mediterranean coastal province of Antalya, wounding six people on Tuesday and forcing over a dozen families to evacuate . 

Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said Tuesday that the fire, which broke out late Monday local time near the popular tourist town of Kemer in the Antalya region, engulfed more than 120 hectares (300 acres) of forest. 

Six people have been hospitalized due to smoke inhalation, Turkey’s private Demiroren News Agency said.

Ersoy said the blazes didn’t spread to any residential areas, but a hospital and 10 houses near the Degirmendere neighborhood were evacuated as a precaution.

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