NewsLocalUpdate 2 : Big fire off Limassol-Paphos highway partially checked

Update 2 : Big fire off Limassol-Paphos highway partially checked

Fire fighters have made progress in containing a big fire that had been raging out of control in an inaccessible area north of the Limassol-Paphos highway tunnel towards Sotira on Friday, fanned by strong winds. High temperatures and the difficult terrain was further complicating efforts.

A fire department spokesman said the fire had been partially contained around 4.15 pm after burning 7 hectares of pine and carob trees.

Eleven fire trucks and four helicopters, two from the British Bases, are attending the fire.
Earlier, a smaller fire had broken out on the other side of the motorway but was extinguished.  The fire department said it was investigating all possibilities, including the possibility of arson.

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