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Smoke and flames rise as ground and air support works to extinguish the forest fire that continues in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday. Photo: Suleyman Elcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Thousands of tourists in Turkey were forced to evacuate Sunday after wildfires, which erupted last Wednesday, encroached on popular travel destinations, NBC reports.

Why it matters: More than 100 wildfires broke out near southern and western Turkey this week, with at least six people, including two firefighters, reported to have died in the fires.

  • Five fires remain active near the coastal cities of Antalya and Mugla, per NBC.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited affected areas on Saturday, later saying the Turkish government would help cover rent for those impacted by the fires.

What they're saying: “We cannot do anything beyond wishing the mercy of God for the lives we have lost but we can replace everything that was burned," Erdogan said, per NBC.

  • “We will continue to take all necessary steps to heal our nation’s wounds, compensate for its losses, and improve its opportunities,” Erdogan continued, per Aljazeera.
In photos
An aerial view of damaged areas after a forest fire in Adana, Turkey on July 31. Photo: Eren Bozkurt/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Extinguishing works for forest fire continue in Mugla, Turkey on July 29. Photo: Mahmut Serdar Alakus/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Cars move on the highway as smoke reduced visibility distance during the fire that broke out in Silifke district of Turkeyâs Mersin on July 30. Photo: Sezgin Pancar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Burnt houses near the town of Manavgat on July 31. Photo: -/AFP via Getty Images

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Firefighters in Sequoia National Park were working into the night after two wildfires merged to reach the Giant Forest on Saturday.

Why it matters: This forest contains over 2,000 giant sequoias, including the General Sherman Tree — the world's largest tree by volume. Park officials wrapped the redwoods in foil last week as the Paradise and Colony Fires, now known as the KNP Complex Fire, neared. Protection efforts appeared to be working overnight.

At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

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An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries to passengers and crew on Saturday, per authorities and a company statement.

The big picture: 141 passengers and 16 crew members were estimated to be on the Empire Builder train, traveling from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, when eight of the 10 cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak said early Sunday.

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Federal judge blocks vaccine mandate for NYC teachers

Students are dismissed from the first day of school at PS 133 in Brooklyn on Sept. 13. Photo: Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty Images

A federal appeals court is set to hear a challenge Wednesday to a vaccine mandate planned for New York City school employees.

Why it matters The vaccine mandate was set to begin on Monday, prompting concerns over staffing shortages in schools across the nation's largest school system. But a judge on Friday temporarily blocked the measure, per AP.

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