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Massive Cyprus Forest Fire Finally Under Control

NICOSIA — Cyprus’ Justice Minister says the massive fire that has burned huge tracts of pine forest in the east Mediterranean island’s mountains over the last four days is now under control.

Ionas Nicolaou told the AP on June 23 that hundreds of firefighters and some 80 vehicles remain on alert to extinguish smoldering embers on the fire’s perimeter that could result in possible flare-ups.

One firefighting aircraft remains in the air to direct ground crews of any problem areas in difficult, mountainous terrain.

Cyprus Forestry Department Chief Takis Tsintides told state radio that winds have died down, despite temperatures hovering at around 38 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit).

This was one of Cyprus’ worst fires, turning countless 150-year-old pines to cinders. In a statement, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades thanked all who contributed to firefighting efforts.

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