Turkey detains arson suspect as wildfire rages in southwest

Turkish police on Thursday detained a suspect in connection to a wildfire in the southwest of the country as firefighters continued to battle the wind-driven blaze in land and air, Dünya newspaper reported.

The wildfire broke out near a resort in coastal town of Marmaris on the Mediterranean coast on Tuesday, before spreading rapidly due to wind.

A local resident of the coastal town of Marmaris, who has admitted to the starting the fire, has been taken into police custody, Dünya cited Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu as saying.

Thursday’s high temperatures and winds fanned the blaze, it said, effectively dashing hopes of containing the fire, which authorities on Tuesday had announced had been brought under control.

Southwestern Turkey last year was scorched by one of the worst blazes on record in the region, which gutted hundreds of hectares of forests between July and August.

Forestry Minister Vahit Kirişçi said he was hopeful there would be positive developments by late Thursday regarding the fire, Dünya said.

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