Footage shot on Wednesday (July 28) showed massive black plumes of smoke rising from the forest in Manavgat, while Mayor Sukru Sozen said the flames had spread as far as the town center, where many buildings were being evacuated.
Footage showed streets engulfed in smoke and flames as residents ran to their cars.
Antalya Mayor Muhittin Bocek said "something like this has never happened before" and added the fire had started at four points.
Turkey's AFAD disaster agency said authorities were battling the fire with two planes, eight helicopters, and 52 vehicles. It said emergency teams from nearby provinces were also called into action, while authorities evacuated settlements near the forest.