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Forest fire continues to cause damage in Turkey's Aegean region

(Xinhua)

08:49, August 25, 2011

ISTANBUL, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Fire-fighting teams are attempting to put out a blaze that broke out in the Bergama district of Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir on Wednesday.

Fire-fighting teams have been dispatched to the forested area between the villages of Cakirlar and Tegelti to tackle the fire which is spreading fast due to strong winds, state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Four to five hectares of forest are currently affected by the blaze and five helicopters are assisting the fire fighters to extinguish the fire.

The cause of the fire has yet to be found.

Meanwhile, the authorities have launched an investigation to determine whether plots was involved in a forest fire that broke out Tuesday evening in the province of Izmir.

Izmir Governor Cahit Kirac was quoted as saying on Wednesday that it was suspicious, because fire broke out almost simultaneously in four different spots.

It took fire fighters all night to put out the blaze that began Tuesday with the help of 11 helicopters and five fire-fighting planes.

Close to 100 hectares of arable and forest land were damaged due to the fire.

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