News Local Fire Service records 476 fires in 15 days

Fire Service records 476 fires in 15 days

Fire Service spokesman Andreas Kettis has told CNA that 476 fires broke out across Cyprus in the last 15 days, of which 450 were at the countryside.

Kettis said that the spike in fires has been attributed to human activity, either by negligence or arson.

Last May’s figures are not far off from May of this year, with 693 fires recorded for that month in 2019 and close to 600 so far in May 2020.

Asked to comment on the causes behind the recent spike in fires and whether they happened by chance, Kettis said that “as far as the Fire Service is concerned, fires don’t happen by chance. This is highly unlikely and requires exceptionally favourable conditions. Nor do winds create fires, but simply favour them. The same applies for high temperatures.

“You need a spark to have fire, which is then boosted by the factors of wind and high temperature. For a spark to form it means you have human activity, may that be a lit discarded cigarette, using metal cutting tools, cooking at picnic sites and so on,” Kettis explained.

He also mentioned that the Fire Service in collaboration with other state first responders has ramped up patrols in view of the summer period.

“We staffed a while ago all the countryside stations and observatories. There are daily patrols during rush hours, including by air using Forestry Department aircraft,” he said.

Kettis finally called on the public to be particularly careful as they are the catalyst for containing fires.

“No matter how much we try, people have the last word. They need to be careful, avoid any activities that may cause a fire and, if they see a fire, alert first responders immediately to enable a swift reaction.

“The public is also encouraged to inform police should they witness suspicious or irresponsible behaviour to facilitate investigations and hinder perpetrators.

“Many have already appeared before the court, many have been questioned by police and there are already three arrests this year, all thanks to the public’s contribution,” he concluded.

Read more:

Fire fighters on alert, warn against carelessness

Top Stories

Turkey blocks Cyprus from joining UN disarmament forum as observer

Talks aimed at overcoming a years-long deadlock over disarmament at the United Nations began in acrimony on Tuesday with two countries blocking rivals from...

Contract signed for construction of pavements in Agia Napa’s “Kokkines” area

Agia Napa municipality has signed a contract for the construction of pavements in “Kokkines” area - more specifically from Spyros Kyprianou Avenue to the...

Rescue teams still search for 70-year-old woman missing at sea

Three days after a 70-year-old Greek Cypriot woman went for a swim in Phinikoudes, Larnaca, police and civil defence rescue teams continued on Wednesday...

Police fine 132 for covid measures breach in past 24 hours

Police fined 128 citizens and 4 establishments all across Cyprus over the past 24 hours for violation of covid-19 measures aiming to curb the...

Cyprus and Saudi Arabia to immediately launch political consultations

Cyprus and Saudi Arabia will immediately launch a political dialogue between the two countries by convening the first meeting of counterpart foreign ministries in...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...