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Solea fire destroyed over 18 square kilometres of land and forest

In total, 18.5 square kilometres of land was burned in the Solea area during last week’s fires, the forestry department said on Tuesday.

In an announcement, the forestry department said that the total area burnt by the fire was 18.57 km², “of which 17.03 km² was state land and the remaining 1.54 km² private property”.

“The burned state forest land is part of the Adelfi forest which includes the Ayios Theodoros and Kapouras plains, 12.96 km² and 4.07 km² respectively”, mainly consisting of pine trees, golden oaks, platanus, sycamore trees and maple trees.

The state land and the private property fall within the boundaries of the communities of Ayios Georgios Kafkalos, Ayios Theodoros Solea, Nikitari, Tembria, Sina Oros, Ayia Irini, Spilia-Kourdali, Kakopetria, and Evrychou.

On Thursday, the impact of the Solea fires, that raged for five days and claimed the lives of two firemen, is to be discussed in a joint meeting of the House agriculture, interior, and environment committees.

The ministers of finance, interior, agriculture, and justice, and representatives of the defence ministry are to take part in the meeting, along with police, the fire service, civil defence and the environment commissioner.

The Solea region fire was one of the biggest in recent history. In total, 66 ground vehicles, 20 aircraft, and more than 400 personnel were battling with the flames for five days, with the crucial assistance of around 1,400 volunteers.

The cabinet announced last week that they asked the forestry department to prepare a “fast reforestation programme, which it will submit before the cabinet within two months”.

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