Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 2:01 AM on Sunday 21 September

/ Front page / News

Dry spell sparks threat

Litia Vulaidausiga
Friday, August 15, 2014

A SPATE of bushfires in the Western Division has prompted authorities to renew calls for caution as the dry season continues.

Yesterday, a blaze at the Teidamu hills outside Lautoka charred a series of electricity posts as firefighters struggled to contain the inferno.

The smoke blanketed parts of the Kings Rd and halted traffic, including two Total petrol tankers that were forced to park at a safe distance for two hours as the fire was brought under control.

"Due to the dry weather, we are urging members of the public and the wider community to refrain from starting bush and grassfires," pleaded National Fire Authority chief executive officer John O'Connor.

"As a result of these out of control fires, two properties were lost in Lomolomo and Labasa this last week alone.

"Once these fires are lit, they are extremely hard to contain."


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Fiji First in strong lead: Fiji Elections
  2. ENDORSED
  3. General Election results: Round 14
  4. General Election results: Round 15
  5. Pre-poll ballot count completed: Fiji Elections
  6. 1st sitting of Parliament soon
  7. Fiji elections a welcome turning point: Commonwealth
  8. Fans stabbed
  9. Bainimarama leads candidate tally
  10. General Election results: Round 13

Top Stories this Week

  1. FijiFirst claims 60 per cent Thursday (18 Sep)
  2. Searching for answers Monday (15 Sep)
  3. Girl, 12, murdered Monday (15 Sep)
  4. Parties reject result Friday (19 Sep)
  5. Shocked and disgusted Monday (15 Sep)
  6. Leader of the pack Thursday (18 Sep)
  7. No stop Friday (19 Sep)
  8. FijiFirst leads Thursday (18 Sep)
  9. No $20m ransom Tuesday (16 Sep)
  10. Elections supervisor to announce final results Friday (19 Sep)