THE FORESTRY department is calling on the public to be extra vigilant as the risk of forest fires is very high as a result of strong winds and high temperatures.
“Due to the strong winds that have been forecast by the meteorological department, especially in the afternoon, we call on the public to avoid lighting fires or using farming machinery that could cause a spark or a flame,” a statement from the forestry department said on Monday.
The fire department successfully extinguished a large fire on Saturday between the villages of Ayios Therapon and Lofou in the Limassol district after it had destroyed one square km of wild vegetation, an abandoned building and a truck.
Firemen managed to extinguish the fire before it reached any holiday homes and other buildings in the area. Seventeen fire trucks and six aircraft, both local and from the British bases were used to get the fire under control.
The cause of the fire has yet to be established.
At around 8.30pm on Saturday a store-room in Limassol city centre caught on fire, police said. Members of the fire services extinguished the fires and reported no injuries with preliminary examinations indicating it was caused by a short-circuit.
The public is asked to contact the closest forestry department station, the fire service or call 1407 if they spot a fire.