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Forest blaze in the Karpaz

18 July 2013

More sad news for the Karpaz area, only 24 hours after the major oil spill at Kalecik.

A huge forest fire around Erenkoy started around midday yesterday and quickly turned 600 acres of forest land to ash. Pine and juniper trees blazed in flames driven by strong winds.

Fire fighting teams from Famagusta and Iskele joined forestry department teams to combat the fires.

They were reinforced by a helicopter and water carrying plane from turkey as well as helicopters from the TRNC based Turkish army.

There were critical moments as fire fighting teams were surrounded by high flames and fire-fighter Hasan Dogan was found unconscious in the forest. He was rushed to hospital and is now recovering.

The fires were finally brought under control last night.

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