Panic and fear as wildfire spreads to hotel in Turkey

STORY: The regional forestry authority of Mugla province said the fires, fanned by strong winds and temperatures close to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40C), were threatening a hotel and settlement areas in the small seaside town of Icmeler near Marmaris.

The Turkish coast guard secured the bay and suspended water traffic in the area where fire-fighting planes and helicopters were collecting water to help extinguish the fire, it added.

Human-induced climate change is making heat waves more likely and more severe, scientists say.

Last summer's wildfires, most of which also occurred near Marmaris, were the most intense on record in Turkey, a European Union atmosphere monitor said at the time, adding that the Mediterranean had become a wildfire hot spot.

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