Fire fighting services were back in action yesterday battling more than 20 fires that broke out throughout the island.
Yesterday’s massive effort came in the wake of a particularly frenzied Saturday, when fire services worked into the night to control wild fires that broke out within minutes in at least six different locations and threatened residential areas and archaeological sites.
The bush fires in Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos districts were finally extinguished yesterday.
Fire services had waged battle with the flames in the Pareklissia, Anogyra, Episkopi, Ayia Phyla, Kouris Dam and Asgata and Monagrouli areas of Limassol, Mazotos in Larnaca while in Paphos blazes broke out in the Choli and Pyrgos Tyllirias areas.
Helicopters were used to drop water on the blazes and firemen remain in place.
The Mazotos fire was extinguished late yesterday afternoon but only after it had destroyed five hectares of wild vegetation.
A fire which broke out in the Asgata and Monagrouli areas of Limassol at around 3pm yesterday was also extinguished.
The most severe incidents were reported in Limassol on Saturday, where from lunchtime until late at night, three fires fuelled by strong winds raged out of control in Episkopi, Anogyra and Pareklisia areas.
Dozens of vehicles and all available aircraft of the Republic and British bases, as well as personnel from the fire services and residents took part in an all-day effort to bring the fires under control.
Success came at midnight on Saturday, with the Episkopi and Anogyra fires finally extinguished after having threatened residential areas, severely damaged the rooftops of at least two recently built houses, a machinery workshop and a fire truck that belonged to a local hunting club.
It also threatened Curium archaeological site, however coordinated fire services were quick on the scene to extinguish the flames.
Fire services personnel were in danger, with at least one fireman having suffered burns.
Homes in the Pareklisia area were also threatened, as the fire rekindled and spread.
Resources were stretched as the fires broke out at the same time in various locations. Part of the Limassol motorway near Pareklisia and Episkopi was closed for hours as smoke engulfed the area.
Fire Services Spokesperson Liza Kemitzi said that the fires had gutted 2.5 square kilometres of land in Episkopi area, two square kilometres in Anogyra and four hectares of land in Pareklisia.
In Episkopi, the fire broke out at an illegal landfill while causes are still being investigated for the other two incidents.