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Macheras forest fire contained (Update 2)

Photo by Gregoris Savva posted on Twitter

Firefighters on Thursday managed to contain a large blaze that broke out in the area of Macheras forest in the Nicosia district.

The fire, which started at around 10am, was brought under control by 5pm.

Around 150 personnel were mobilized on the ground, assisted by seven water-dropping aircraft. Three bulldozers were commandeered to carve fire-breaks and provide access to ground forces so that they can approach the flames.

The fire incinerated an area of approximately 70 hectares, according to preliminary estimates.

It started earlier on Thursday in two places, with a distance of around 500 metres between them, raising suspicions that it could have been set deliberately.

The head of the forestry department said investigations into the incident, to determine the cause of the fire, are ongoing.

 

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