Selcuk Sanli set his two cows lose, put his family’s most treasured belongings in a car, and fled his home as a wildfire approached his village near Turkey’s beach resort of Bodrum, one of the thousands fleeing flames that have coated the skies with a thick yellow haze.
For the sixth straight day, Turkish firefighters battled on Monday to control the blazes that are tearing through forests near Turkey’s beach destinations. Fed by strong winds and scorching temperatures, the fires that began Wednesday have left eight people dead. Residents and tourists have fled vacation resorts in flotillas of small boats or convoys of cars and trucks. Many villagers have lost their homes and farm animals and have had trouble breathing amid the heavy smoke.
Overall, some 10,000 people have been evacuated in Mugla province alone, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Monday.
Sanli returned to check on his house Monday in Bozalan only to find that the fire had flared.
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