Firefighters bring a wildfire under control in southwestern Turkey near a hotel and residential area

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ISTANBUL, July 29 (Reuters) – Firefighters have successfully contained a wildfire near residential areas in southwestern Turkey, the national forestry authority said on Friday.

The regional forest authority in Mugla province said the blaze, fanned by strong winds and temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius, had threatened a hotel and settlement areas in the small seaside town of Icmeler near Marmaris.

The Turkish Coast Guard secured the bay and suspended shipping traffic in the area where firefighting planes and helicopters were collecting water to help put out the blaze, he added.

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Television footage showed black and white smoke rising near the coast and approaching settlements as onlookers stood on the beaches.

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 watcher said at the time, adding that the Mediterranean had become a hotspot for forest fires.

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Reporting by Yesim Dikmen; Written by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Gareth Jones

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