Update: 9:40AM THE National Fire Authority reiterates its call on members of the public to take extra care and avoid unnecessary burning of rubbish, grass, bush and cane farms which could lead to a major fire incident.
NFA chief executive officer John OConnor, in a statement, said the authority was concerned about the growing number of bush, rubbish and grass fire in the country.
He said this was after a grass fire in the Central Division at Cautata Village in Tailevu, last week, got out of hand and almost resulted in properties catching fire.
This year, NFA attended to 499 bush, rubbish and grass fires from January to August, 340 alone in the Western Division.
NFA also attended to 80 bush, grass and rubbish fires in the Central Division and 29 in the Northern Division.