Wildfire Burns Near Highway in Turkey

Wildfires raged, Monday, August 2, near a road in Bodrum, Turkey, as firefighters battled to control the blaze.
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READ MORE: Over 10,000 people have been evacuated from the Turkish province of Mugla to escape the deadly wildfires ravaging Turkey, according to a statement on Monday from Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

The result of a record-breaking heat wave covering much of southeastern Europe, wildfires have sprung up across Turkey, Italy and Greece, even threatening the latter country's national power grid.

Firefighters from the European Union arrived Monday in Turkey, where they joined local volunteers fighting fires along the coastline for the sixth day in a row. The fires have caused the deaths of eight people in recent days, though there were no reports of additional deaths Monday. Hundreds more have been injured by the flames and toxic smoke.

Opposition politicians in Turkey are criticizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for what they say is a sluggish and out-of-touch response to the fires.
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