Forest fire rages near Turkish resort Marmaris

Friday, June 27th, 2008

ISTANBUL, June 27 (Reuters) – A forest fire raged on a hill near the Turkish Mediterranean resort Marmaris on Friday, prompting the evacuation of nearby hotels and houses at the height of the tourist season, broadcasters said.

Television footage showed woodland ablaze and strong winds blowing thick smoke across residential areas just 200 metres away in the Marmaris district of Armutalan.

Fire brigade teams were fighting the blaze from the ground and with helicopters, and hotels and houses in the vicinity were evacuated.
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