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Fire starters cautioned

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

THE National Fire Authority has recorded 500 cases of uncontrollable, bush, grass and cane fires for this month alone.

The situation prompted the authority to call on the public to take extra caution while burning rubbish because of the dry spell.

Authority CEO John O'Connor, who toured the North last week, said he was concerned with the increasing number of such cases.

"During the visit, we witnessed bush and forests on fire and it was impossible to control such cases because of lack of access," Mr O'Connor said.

"We also witnessed huge areas of pine, bush and grass areas that have already been destroyed and infrastructure such as wooden, electrical poles was partly burnt as a result of the uncontrollable fire.

"In one of the cases, the weather radar in Labasa was at risk of being destroyed but the firefighters were able to stop the fire from damaging this important asset of the country.

"Due to the prolonged dry season, large areas of grass and bush were noted to be very dry."

Mr O'Connor said it was important for the public to practice fire safety.

"The NFA is reiterating the need for families to discuss fire safety with their family members so that all family members will be mindful of fire safety," he said.

Meanwhile, according to NFA statistics, 50 homes have been destroyed by fire so far this year while 120 properties were destroyed for the same period last year.

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