Fire blazes near Ercan airport

A fire razed over a 1000 acres of fields in the vicinity of Ercan airport on Saturday.

Dried grass and unharvested crops were ruined while fire fighters, including Ercan airport fire department and Nicosia fire brigade, soldiers and local farmer using tractors fought the blaze.

Strong winds and dry conditions made the task difficult and dangerous.

The proximity of the fire and heavy smoke, forced a Turkish Airlines plane from Istanbul, after making several passes over the airport, to return to the mainland and land at Adana.

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