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Big Wildfire Forces Evacuations Near Turkish Marmaris Resort

Firefighters and service personnel at a forest wildfire in the Marmaris district of Mugla province, on June 22.

Firefighters and service personnel at a forest wildfire in the Marmaris district of Mugla province, on June 22.

Photographer: Sabri Kesen/Anadolu/Getty Images

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Ankara, Turkey (AP) -- More than a thousand firefighters, aided by water-dropping planes and helicopters, on Wednesday battled a wildfire that erupted overnight near a popular resort in southwestern Turkey forcing dozens of home evacuations.

An official voiced hope that the blaze — one year after the worst wildfires in Turkey's history — was close to being tamed but urged caution due to the strong prevailing winds.