Firefighters battle to contain Turkey wildfire

STORY: The cause of the fire, which began around 8 pm on Tuesday (June 21), remained unclear.

Reuters footage shows smoke billowing from the hills and police water cannon vehicles helping firefighters as the blaze spread through a forest in the sparsely populated area.

Earlier on Wednesday, Forestry Minister Vahit Kirisci said the wildfire was largely contained after scenes of burning woodland reminded Turks of blazes last year that devastated tens of thousands of hectares across the region.

Some 150 people from 51 houses were evacuated in the area as a precaution, he also said.

Nearly 1,500 personnel, more than 360 vehicles, 20 helicopters and 14 planes were involved in tackling the blaze, officials said.