Wildfire breaks out in Turkey’s Antalya, Izmir provinces

 Wildfire breaks out in Turkey’s Antalya, Izmir provinces

Crews of firefighters are working to contain blazes that have broken out in grassy or forested areas of southern Antalya province and western Izmir province.

In the Serik district, 38 kilometers east of the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, firefighter crews aided by four helicopters and 12 firetrucks from the regional Directorate of Forestry managed to contain a forest fire that broke out Sunday evening.

The fire consumed one house, a barn, a tractor and trailer and 85 olive trees on one man's property before destroying a plastic greenhouse on an adjacent property, Anadolu Agency reported.

In Izmir's Menderes district, a fire broke out Sunday night in a grassy area near the Aegean coast and quickly spread due to windy conditions.

The cause of the blaze, which broke out in the Özdere Cumhuriyet neighborhood, remains unknown.

Local municipality teams were joined by crews from the regional forest directorate and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality using 17 firetrucks and five bulldozers to help contain the blaze.

Authorities warned that the fire could grow in size.

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