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Burning of rubbish worries NFA

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

THE NFA has yet again come out strongly against the burning of rubbish in residential areas.

Concerns have been raised over the continuous burning of rubbish by the roadside and in residential areas.

Authority CEO John O'Connor yesterday said it was prudent for people not to burn rubbish or related materials in residential areas.

"The NFA is here to advise people against the issue," Mr O'Connor said.

He said with the windy weather and current dry spell it was important for people to be mindful that any spark could start a fire," he said.

"When someone wants to burn rubbish, supervise the fire and ensure that it doesn't spread.

"Be mindful of your neighbours and the impact of the fire.

"The current weather situation is likely to trigger the spread of fire from one place to another and we are appealing to members of the public to be extra cautious and not engage in fire activities that will cause a mishap later.

"As far as penalty is concerned, the police will step in to penalise those who illegally burn rubbish and other substances in residential areas."

Meanwhile, when asked on the impact of the burning of cane farms, he said this was well under control as canefarmers had been monitoring their farms well.

"So far, we haven't received any report of cane fields being illegally destroyed but we are working with the farmers to monitor the situation on the ground."

Police have also started their camp visitation, talking to canefarmers and labourers about the importance of not burning farms.