Firefighters on Thursday managed to control a blaze in Moutayiaka, Limassol that had broken out earlier in the day, but not before it burned through some 20 hectares of dry grass and other vegetation.
The fire broke out at around 12.30pm on a mountain slope and a ravine, fanned by strong winds blowing in the area.
It was under control shortly before 5pm, although the fire service remained on standby in case of a flare-up.
Five engines and crews including game wardens and civil defence personnel had been mobilized to fight the flames.
They were assisted by four water-dropping aircraft – two helicopters and two small airplanes.