Emergency services battle ‘massive fire’ in Cyprus

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – Fire officials in Cyprus are  attempting to quell an explosive wildfire that has ravaged areas of the Troodos Mountains, blackening vast swaths of mostly woodland.

Efforts to put out the blaze in the Solea region of Nicosia District resumed at first light, with emergency services battling the fire from the air and on the ground.

The area is far away from popular seaside resorts of Paphos and Ayia Napa.

The blaze, which erupted late Sunday morning, is thought to have been started by a 12-year-old playing with a cigarette lighter, reports the Famagusta Gazette.

Excessive heat has made the operation difficult, with temperatures soaring into the late 30s.

Apart from a number of Greek and Israeli firefighting and support aircraft already taking part in operations the effort is also joined today by the two firefighting Canadair 415 aircraft and one light support aircraft which arrived in Paphos yesterday from France.

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