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One Dead, 10 People Stranded in South Turkey Wildfire: Minister

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Plumes of black smoke rise from the forest around Manavgat, 75 kilometers (45 miles) east of the resort city of Antalya, Turkey, on July 28, 2021. (Kaan Soyturk/Reuters)

ISTANBUL—One person has died and 10 people were trapped in a forest fire that was burning for a second day in southern Turkey on Thursday, Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said, as rescue and extinguishing efforts continued.

Hot weather and strong winds have helped the fire spread around the town of Manavgat, 75 kilometers (45 miles) east of the resort city of Antalya, and nearby villages.

Pakdemirli said an 82-year-old man was found dead during the evacuation of the district of Kepezbeleni, 16 kilometers (10 miles) northeast of Manavgat, and 10 people were stranded at the nearby Oymapinar dam, he said. Units were en route to rescue the people, Pakdermirli said.

Authorities evacuated 18 villages and districts in Antalya while 16 more villages were evacuated in the neighboring provinces of Adana and Mersin, he added.

Television footage showed burnt residential buildings and people fleeing across fields as firefighters backed by helicopters battled to extinguish the fires.

By Yesim Dikmen

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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