Cyprus forest fires - Summer 2007
Description of emergency and request for assistance
Extremely hot and dry weather conditions in Cyprus, combined
with strong winds led to a disastrous upsurge of forest fires
and wildfires in the Troodos Montain area on 29 June 2007.
There were approximately 20 sq km of fire. Small villages
had to be evacuated. Some houses were destroyed. Cyprus reported
severe material damages in the area. Moreover, two forest
fires hit Cyprus on 16 July 2007 in touristic areas
of the Island. The first hit the vicinity of the Kalavasos
village area, which is in the middle of Limassol–Larnaca road.
The other was close to Kornos village, which is located 20
km south of Nicosia. The total burnt area mapped by European
Research Centre in Cyprus measured from satellite imagery
on 31 July 2007 was 12 286 hectares. 187 of these were NATURA
sent through the mechanism
29 June emergency: Italy deployed reconnaissance aircraft.
Cyprus has informed the MIC on 2 July 2007 that the Troodos
forest fire is over. The area measured some 10 km2. All planes
and helicopters that were sent for help returned to their
16 July emergency: Aerial assistance has been requested
via the MIC. Greece offered two planes, however due to unexepected
favourable weather conditions Cyprus managed to control the
fires prior to their deployment. The emergency was then closed.