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Paphos fire brought under control (update 2)

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Firefighters extinguished a blaze in the Paphos district at around 3pm on Tuesday, after it broke out earlier in the afternoon.

The fire broke out in an area between the villages if Yiolou and Simou at 12:23pm and burned one and a half hectares of dry grass and wild vegetation.

Fire service spokesman Andreas Kettis said putting out the blaze was difficult due to the strong winds in the area and rough terrain.

Four water-dropping aircraft worked to put out the blaze, which was burning in rough terrain.

Five fire trucks were at the scene, three from the fire service, one from the forestry department, and one from the game fund.

Earlier reports said bulldozers were also at the scene to clear a path for the firefighters.

Kettis said the trucks, two helicopters, and a bulldozer remained in the area.

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