A 15-year-old also died in the flames at Lebanon, which spread north into Syria.
According to Turkish Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli, a total of 53 forest fires were recorded on Wednesday and Thursday in the Mediterranean and southern Aegean regions.
He said most of them had now been brought under control.
An 82-year-old man was among three people who died in Antalya after flames ravaged Akseki district, 30 miles north of Manavgat, the Turkeythe south coast of, facing Cyprus.
About 20 villages and neighborhoods were evacuated and 50 people were taken to hospital.
16 other sites in Turkey have experienced fires, including vacation destinations such as Guvercinlik and the Icmeler region.
While the origin of the fires is being investigated, the hot, dry conditions in the region will not have improved the situation.
Mehmet Oktay, the mayor of Marmaris, said he could not rule out “sabotage”.
Fahrettin Altun, from the office of the Turkish president, said: “Thorough investigations have been… launched into the cause of the fires.
“Those responsible will be held accountable for attacks on nature and forests. “
In order to fight the fires, three planes, 38 helicopters and 4,000 firefighters were deployed.
In Lebanon, at least 25 fire trucks, supported by four helicopters from the Air Force and military units, battled the flames.
Vast swathes of the country’s forests have burned down, with the Lebanese Red Cross saying it evacuated 17 people and treated more than 30, including eight hospitalized.
“There is a lot of damage. Lots of losses, ”said Omar Massoud, the mayor of the village of Andaqt.
He estimated that around 500 acres of pine and oak forests had been destroyed.
“As you can see, the weather and the wind… even with the Lebanese army helicopters, they are not able to control the fire,” he told The Associated Press.
The state-owned national news agency said the fires had spread four miles and a width of 1.2 miles, and tens of thousands of pine trees had gone up in smoke.
The country had previously battled devastating forest fires in 2019, with government mismanagement of the issue being one of the reasons fueling protests across the country.
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This year’s fires started on Wednesday and have since spread to the Homs region of Syria.
Syrian Civil Defense Chief Gen. Saied al-Awad said gusty winds, high temperatures and rugged terrain were complicating efforts to tackle the flames.
Lebanon asked for help from Cyprus, which earlier this month suffered its worst fires in decades.
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