Major Forest Fire Burns Fruit Orchards in Cyprus
Posted by feww on June 20, 2016
Largest ever fire in Cyprus consumes about 15 km² of forest
Strong winds and temperatures exceeding 40°C continue to fuel a major forest fire, burning on multiple fronts, which has destroyed about 15 km² of forest and fruit orchards in the country.
Residents in several communities have been evacuated, as dozens of planes, helicopters and ground vehicles and more than 300 personnel attempt to bring the fires under control.
The fire is said to be the largest in Cyprus after the Saittas fire in June 2007, which consumed about 10 km², causing millions worth of damage in the region, said a report.