Turkey wildfire: Blaze ‘engulfs’ road on fifth day
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Sky News Special Correspondent Alex Crawford has been forced to flee during a live broadcast in Turkey as a large wildfire threaten to “engulf” the area she was reporting from. Dramatic footage captured the moment the huge fire near Bodrum came dangerously close to trapping the Sky News crew. Fires have been raging along Turkey’s southwest coast for the past five days, killing at least eight people.
Ms Crawford can be heard telling her camera crew: “Maybe we should think about moving on…it is moving at a rapid pace.
“If you look down there,” adds the Sky News reporter pointing down the road, “that is the way that we are going and we don’t want to be cut off!”
“Look at the sheets of flames,” exclaims a panicked Ms Crawford.
“I think we are going to have to cut short this live and get back to you in a few minutes when we get to a slightly safer place.”
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Earlier Mr Crawford told Sky News the road the team has just travelled along was becoming “overwhelmed” by fire.
She said: “At the end of that road is a small village of several thousand people.”
“Just within the space of the last 20 minutes or so the fire has engulfed the whole of our rear road,” continued Ms Crawford.
“And has come up along the side and is threatening to overwhelm this area.
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“There was mass panic in the village with dozens and dozens of people racing to get out of the area including the firefighters.
“Truckloads of firefighters pulling out.
“Now we arrived there first thing this morning and these strong winds are part of the reason why it is really gathering pace.
Turning to the cameraman she added: “Let’s move a bit further down Kevin because it is coming further behind us.”
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It comes as Turkish authorities ordered an evacuation of foreign tourists from coastal resorts threatened by fires.
Yachts and civilian boats were reportedly drafted in to aid Turkey’s coastguards ferry holidaymakers to safety.
In total, almost 100 separate fires have been reported across south-western Turkey which is a major destination for international tourism.
Officials have said that all but ten of the blazes have since been brought under control.
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