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Hunters warned over fire risks

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The forestry department on Thursday appealed to hunters to be especially vigilant, to avoid lighting fires and to refrain from throwing away lit matches and cigarettes and empty cartridges.

“The risk of causing and spreading forest fires remains extremely high due to the prolonged drought and high temperatures,” the announcement warned.

“Anyone who notices smoke or fire in or near the forest is urged to call 1407 or 112 immediately.”

The announcement was made on the occasion of the start of the hunting season on Sunday.

Hunters have this week been given an exception to a curfew in force in Limassol and Paphos after they complained it restricted their ability to enjoy the hunting season.

The curfew, which is in effect until November 9, is between 11pm and 5am.

The health ministry issued a decree on Tuesday that exempts hunters, allowing them to move around from 3am.

Only those who have a valid hunting licence can move around outdoors after 3am on November 1, 4, and 8, the dates hunting is allowed.

This arrangement has been made to enable the hunters to travel safely to areas where hunting is permitted, the ministry said.

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