THE number of forest fires in 2013 was significantly higher than the previous year, but more land was burnt in 2012 than last year, according to statistics released by the forestry department.
Paphos saw the biggest increase in 2013 with almost double that from the previous year. Last year, a total of 59 forest fires were recorded in the Paphos districts, burning 71 hectares of land while in 2012, 32 fires destroyed just over 266 hectares of land, the forestry department said.
According to forestry official Andreas Christou, a total of 190 forest fires broke out, burning 412 hectares of land. In 2012, Christou added, a total of 112 forest fires destroyed more than 550 hectares.