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Firemen kept busy by Diego bush fires

Friday, May 2 2014

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BLAZING HILLS: The blazing hills of Diego Martin seen in the distance resulting in a busy night for firemen. ...
BLAZING HILLS: The blazing hills of Diego Martin seen in the distance resulting in a busy night for firemen. ...

Fire officers yesterday were still fighting a bush fire in Diego Martin after the blaze had previously been extinguished.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Roosevelt Bruce told Newsday the fire stretched from the hills of La Puerta to Saganga Trace in Diego Martin. He said officers received reports of the fire at about 3 pm on Wednesday and officers from Chaguaramas and Wrightson Rd used three appliances to completely extinguish the blaze at about 4 am yesterday.

“During the course of the day it re-ignited, and is heading to unconsumed areas. We don’t know if it was deliberate, or if the ashes were smouldering and the high winds re-lit it. Right now we are concentrating on protecting the residences on both sides of the wooded areas,” he said. Bruce noted that up to yesterday afternoon, the fire was still raging, but officers were using aerial footage supplied by the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC) to assist in fighting the fire. Diego Martin Regional Corporation Disaster Management Unit Coordinator, Jerry David, stated that there were no reports of injuries, or damaged property, due to the fire.

“We are begging people not to light fires, not even small ones to burn garbage. The area is quite dry.

“There is no moisture in the atmosphere. The winds are taking embers and blowing them onto these lands. There is no such thing as spontaneous combustion,” he said.

David expressed concern over the result of the bush fires during the rainy season. He said the fires were “devoiding the forest floor of any vegetation” so that there would be nothing to stop the water cascading down the hills, during heavy rainfall.

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