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Forest fires ravage Cyprus, authorities issue red alert

Ground forces and three aircraft deployed to tackle the inferno


A series of wildfires have engulfed parts of Cyprus, prompting urgent response efforts from firefighting teams.

In Xyliatos, a new fire erupted at the dam on Monday afternoon, intensifying the battle against flames already raging in the Gurri community since early afternoon. George Constantinou, spokesman for the Forestry Department, revealed that ground forces and three aircraft have been deployed to tackle the inferno.

Meanwhile, in Agia Koroni, emergency crews mobilized swiftly to combat a blaze along the Anthoupolis-Paleochori road, as reported by Andreas Kettis, spokesperson for the Fire Service. The fire, within the Forestry Department's jurisdiction, necessitated assistance from both local and district fire stations.

As temperatures soar, the Forestry Department has issued a red alert, warning of heightened forest fire risk. Stricter measures are in place, prohibiting unauthorized fires with penalties of imprisonment up to 10 years or hefty fines. Exceptions are granted solely for cooking purposes in designated barbecue pits at picnic areas.

With the island on high alert, the public is urged to exercise extreme caution during outdoor activities, refraining from actions that may spark fires. Authorities stress the importance of immediate reporting via hotline numbers 1407 or 112 upon detecting any signs of smoke or fire.

[Information sourced from 24 News]

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