The large fire that broke out this afteroon near the community of Alassa in Limassol is currently manageable.
According to Andreas Ketis, spokesman of the Fire Service, the fire burned 1 1/2 square kilometer of dry weeds and wild vegetation.
The Fire Service responded with fire engines from Limassol which are supported by forces from Larnaca, Paphos, and Nicosia, and also from the Disaster Response Special Unit of EMAK.
The Forestry Department has also sent five fire engines.
The IKAROS 2 plan has been activated with six aircraft assisting the efforts and one helicopter of the National Guard coordinating.
The forces managed to save protect houses, factories, a petrol station and a biological station.
Currently, the fire is still on in Vouni landfill where the fire engines are protecting a recycling factory.
Strong winds in the area are making the work of the Fire Service difficult.
(Photos from the Facebook group “Weather Enthusiasts of Cyprus”)