Cyprus Mail

Paphos fires continue to be fought on several fronts (updated)


Strong winds made making a fire in an inaccessible area near Psathi in Paphos difficult to tackle but it was brought under control by 6pm, fire services said on Sunday as they continued to fighte flames on several other fronts.

According to a Tweet by Fire Services spokesman Andreas Kettis the fire broke out at around 11.55.

In total it burned five hectares of scrub and a number of trees, he added.

Firefighters will stay in the area overnight to monitor any relights.

Seven fire engines from fire stations in Paphos, Limassol and EMAK were at the blaze in addition to four aircraft of the forestry department.

The strong winds in the difficult to reach area are making it difficult, Kettis added.

Several houses in the area were being protected.

Kettis later said five further fires broke out in the Pahos district, one near Koili, one near Arkousos (which was later said to be under control),  one in Armageti and another in between Stroumbi and Kathikas.

Two fire engines have been dispatched to the latest fire while help had been requested from the helicopters of the British Bases.

Late in the afternoon three fire engines were fighting a further blaze in Polemi.

Kettis made an appeal for anyone who has seen anything suspicious in any of the concerned areas to contact the authorities.


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