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Limassol, Paphos fires extinguished (Update3)

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Authorities on Sunday afternoon put out a large fire near Lofou and Ayios Therapon villages in Limassol that had been raging out of control since Saturday night, and burned around 1.5 square kilometres of wild vegetation and pine trees.

Two more fires, which broke out one in the state forest in Pareklisia in Limassol and another one in Peyia, Paphos, have also been successfully put out.

The three fires kept authorities alert throughout the day.

It took a large number of firemen and five firefighting aircraft more than 13 hours to put out a massive fire that erupted on Saturday night between the villages of Ayios Therapon and Lofou. The fire erupted at around 11.30 pm in a hard-to-reach area and it was put under control on Sunday early afternoon, authorities said.

The task of the firefighting crews was very difficult due to very strong winds in the area. The two villages were not threatened by the blaze.

The road between Alassa and Ayios Therapon was closed to traffic for most of the day. Members of the public were urged to avoid traveling to that area for safety reasons.

Another blaze broke out at around 10.30 am in the state forest in Pareklisia, also in Limassol. It was put under control at around 1pm. It burned down around one hectare of pine trees.

Earlier in the day a blaze erupted in Peyia at around 7.50am, near a residential area, but firefighters were able to douse it before spreading. It was put under control at around 11am. It burned around 1.5 hectares of dry vegetation and trees. Electricity cables have also been affected.

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