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This is 6:30am in Santa Elena ! This is not fog but SMOKE! Itís been like this for weeks and getting getting progressively worse. Last night was especially difficult to sleep and even breathe. Going outside burns your eyes. It is impossible to keep the smoke out of the house even if you lock it up completely ...this is beyond ridiculous. Some people must be held accountable for putting the health of thousands of people in the Twin Towns, Benque Viejo and surrounding villages at risk. Today, I will call upon the Town Council and Police Department, Forestry Department and Belize Department of Environment to see if they can organize a multiagency response to this dangerous ongoing and worsening situation.

Furthermore , Iím also ask members of the public to report the location fires by calling the police department. Please call 804-2022 to get the San ignacio Police Station and to report fires.

I am pleased to hear that the Belize Forest Department, via the Ministry of Environment, has mobilized their rangers and officers to patrol the various areas impacted by Fire. This is good news

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