A fire broke out around 13:30 near the village of Amargeti in Paphos in a very inaccessible area, Philenews reported.
According to the Fire Department’s spokesperson Andreas Kettis, five fire trucks from Paphos Stations, 1 Portable Fire Fighting Unit from the Hunters Guild of Cyprus, 4 aircraft of the Forestry Department and two leased helicopters are attempting to extinguish it.
The forces were reinforced with two more fire trucks and three more Portable Fire Fighting Units from the Forestry Department complete with their crews.
Paphos District recalled staff.
The air force implemented the Icarus Plan with an additional aircraft from the National Guard.
The Civil Defence Unit and the Police were informed to be on standby to assist in the preventative evacuation of individual houses in the village of Pentalia, depending on the fire’s development and behavior.
The fire fighting forces were further reinforced with another helicopter of the Police Air Operations Unit and two additional fire trucks complete with their crews from the Limassol District and the Catastrophe Response Special Unit.
One more helicopter of the British Bases (total of 9) was added to the firefight.
Also, during the fire, several individual houses were protected by the fire brigade.