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Paphos forest caused by arson (Updated)

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A fire which broke out in the Paphos forest in the early morning on Monday was caused by arson, police and the fire service concluded.

The fire started at 5am in three different places in the area between Vretsia-Koilinia, the neighbouring community of Ayios Ioannis and the riverbed between Rotsos ton Laoudion and Ayios Ioannis.

It burned 1.5 hectares of dry grass, wild vegetation and trees.

Fire trucks, two planes and two helicopters rushed to the area to extinguish the blaze. Tractors were also used to create fire control lines.

Due to the fact that there were no strong winds in the area the fire was brought under control quickly and has been extinguished, the fire service announced at 11am.

The fire service has issued a red forest fire alert for Monday as temperatures are expected to reach 44C.

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