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Fire in north destroys land near Karavas

THREE hundred acres of land were destroyed by a fire in the occupied area of Karavas yesterday, reports from the north said.

The fire was extinguished by fire services after coming close to burning homes down. A helicopter from Adana in southern Turkey was used to help put the fire out, reports said. The blaze started at around 2pm and due to the strong winds spread quickly. Members of the fire service, forestry department and civil defence from Kyrenia, Karavas and Lapithos were involved in the operation.

Teams from the British Bases helped local firefighters to extinguish the fire. It was put under control at around 3.30pm. The cause of the fire has yet to be established.

‘Prime Minister’ Sibel Siber travelled to the scene and stated that extra measures need to be taken to help prevent fires, especially during the hot summer months. She said the north does not have much greenery and cannot afford to lose any more to fires.

Shrubs, olive, pine and carob trees were all torched during the fire.

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