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Don’t Burn Grass, Rubbish: NFA

August 15
16:10 2014

The National Fire Authority (NFA) has expressed its concern about the increasing number of cane, bush, rubbish and grass fires across the country.

It stresses that the fires were now becoming a serious issue for the authority especially in the western and northern divisions.

It has urged members of the community to refrain from starting rubbish, cane, grass and bush fires.

NFA’s chief executive officer John O’Connor said it was dangerous to start outdoor fires given the dry and windy conditions we are currently experiencing in the West and North.

He said in the last week alone, NFA attended to two property fires – a grass fire and a sugarcane farm fire that got out of control.

“We are humbly requesting members of the community to be mindful of their actions and ensure they don’t start a fire unnecessarily, especially burning of rubbish, bush, cane, and reserved land areas near to their house and neighbouring properties,” Mr O’Connor said.

In one incident, a six-bedroom house in Lautoka was destroyed by fire that had spread from a cane field nearby earlier this month.

Another property fire in Labasa was caused by uncontrolled burning of grass fire next to the house on August 9.



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