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Update 2: Fire near Milikouri under control

August 15, 2018 at 2:42pm
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Forestry Department fire fighters have contained a blaze which broke out in the Milikouri area  in the Troodos mountains. The fire broke out at 1.20 pm on Wednesday and after concerted efforts from land and air, fire fighters were able to bring it under control around 5.15 pm.
Earlier, Forestry Department spokesman Andreas Christou said fire fighters had managed to surround the fire and expressed the hope that it would soon be extinguished. Weather conditions are working in fire fighters’ favour as there is no wind.

The fire had raged out of control for a couple of hours, prompting the activation of the Icarus programme, with seven water dropping aircraft  assisting the effort to tackle the blaze,  while fire fighters from Nicosia were called in to help.

The fire had at one point approached the village, but any threat to houses was averted thanks to the mobilisation of the fire fighters. Earlier police called on people in the area to follow the instructions of police.