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Bush Fires a Worry

Bush fires have become a worry for many people in Labasa, the Bush Fires and Emergency Water meeting in Labasa heard last Friday. The National Fire Authority said statistics last
28 Sep 2014 14:31

Bush fires have become a worry for many people in Labasa, the Bush Fires and Emergency Water meeting in Labasa heard last Friday.
The National Fire Authority said statistics last month showed that 47 bush fires were reported to their stations and this month, it increased to 52 cases.
During the meeting Deputy Divisional Police Commander Northern Senior Superintendent of Police Fulori Rainibogi said unnecessary burning had become a serious issue.
“It is mainly the farmers who have to be monitored when they burn their cane for harvesting and after harvesting” SSP Rainibogi said.
“During this crushing season, we have recorded 109 cases of fire at various cane fields on Vanua Levu” she said.
“Most farmers burn their cane so that it is easy to harvest but sometimes it cannot be controlled and cause huge disaster.
“This is why farmers are advised to burn their cane early in the morning and late in the afternoon and not during the day because of windy and dry conditions.”
SSP Rainibogi later said in the meeting that nobody had been charged for causing unnecessary fires.

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