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Choking Smoke #464540
05/17/13 05:48 AM
05/17/13 05:48 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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The Cayo district and some parts of other areas of the country are blanketed by choking smoke. The smoke is from burning fires in the forest, people's backyards and along the major roads.

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Re: Choking Smoke [Re: Marty] #464574
05/17/13 02:27 PM
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Your not gonna believe this but the fires are affecting Houston Texas!!!! The news is reporting that the haze in the sky today is from 'Southern Mexico'. It is really bad and started this afternoon

Re: Choking Smoke [Re: Marty] #464576
05/17/13 02:39 PM
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sugar cane field burning is an annual event that sometimes even shuts down the air strips.
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Re: Choking Smoke [Re: Marty] #464581
05/17/13 06:27 PM
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have been in both Belize and Roatan during this burning time. Less than pleasant.

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Re: Choking Smoke [Re: Marty] #464582
05/17/13 06:50 PM
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People's memories seem to be very short, this happens every year. We used sit after dinner at Lamanai and watch the fires across the lagoon at night at this time of year.

Some of the fires are manmade just before the rainy season to generate new grass for the deer to feed on (and be hunted) when the rains come and bring up the new grass shoots. Many were accidental due to burning trash or uncontrolled cane burning, some were just plain old heat lightning (when you get a strike a few hundred yards away in bright sunshine I can tell you from experience you will move your ass fast for shelter).

Just for the conspiracy theorists out there; Carmelita had just as many fires as anywhere else through the years (you know who you are).

We seem to be in a drought year again which isn't helping but the rains should be here in 2 to 3 weeks.

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Re: Choking Smoke [Re: Marty] #464591
05/18/13 04:56 AM
05/18/13 04:56 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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yep it happens every year....

here's a story in LOVEFM..

Western Belize Anxious For Rain; Bush Fires Smokes Out Residents May

Marion Ali, Reporting

The rainy season is still a few weeks away and the people and wildlife in the Western portion of the country will welcome it gladly. For the past few days, brush fires in the Cayo and Western Belize Districts have blanketed the horizon. In the Hillview area, the peaks in the distance were opaque as some areas had aggressive fires still burning arid leaves and branches. Closer to Belize City at mile eight, the dry brushes at the roadside were ablaze and spreading. The San Ignacio Fire Station, equipped with two trucks, don’t necessarily respond to calls of forest fires unless they become threats to life and property. It is too much for them, they say, but they expect it to subside as the rains come. So far, none of the resorts have reported of pine ridge catching fire and the Fire Department urges farmers and rural residents to keep the lawn around their property at ground level and to desist from discarding lit cigarette butts and glass bottles on the ground as these could start hazardous fires.


The burning of fires and the resulting smoke continues to be a menace to residents of the Cayo district. Thanks to Blanca Orellana for sharing these snapshots from the area near the San Ignacio commuity hospital on the Bullet Tree Road. THe fire engine had to be summoned to assist with knocking down flmes in front of the hospital.


Re: Choking Smoke [Re: Marty] #464839
05/21/13 05:28 AM
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Forest fires smoke out Cayo residents

Belize is nearing the end of its dry season…in fact, we should already have been experiencing some pretty significant rainfall, but it is nowhere in existence and for some residents it can’t come soon enough. That’s because while there is no hint of rain, there is plenty of smoke. In fact, the entire west of the country is shrouded in smoke. Authorities say that the smoke is caused by bush fires so there is little they can do about it, but that is absolutely no consolation for those who are forced to sleep on bedding and dress in clothes which reek of smoke. It is unpleasant, to say the least, and it also has unpleasant side-effects on those forced to breathe in that smoke all day every day. Today Mike Rudon headed west and has the story.

Mike Rudon, Reporting

Commuters and residents on the western highway have become accustomed to this sight….raging wildfires on the side of the road with thick smoke blanketing the highway. It happens every year during the dry season, but this year it seems to be worse than ever before, keeping the twelve full-time personnel and three trucks from the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Fire Department busy.

Voice of: Fidel Castanedas, Substation Officer

“Beginning March, April, May, we have been responding almost every day to the cause of bushfires all over the towns, the villages and the highway. Presently we are in the month of May which we consider the peak of bushfires and there are a whole lot of complaints coming from different areas in regards to the smoke affecting them. So we at the fire department try our best to respond to all calls—some of them are beyond our reach—however, wherever it is a threat, we respond.”

The Department has done its best, even with challenges like lack of water, since many of the fires which blaze up are far from any water source.

Voice of: Fidel Castanedas

“A setback that we have right now is the water; our trucks only have a certain capacity and sometimes the distance where we are located at, water is a problem and we encounter that as a serious setback for us. Sometimes we extinguish it and [sometimes] when our water finishes and on our return, the fire is blazing all over again. So it is a serious problem that we face.

The nearby towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio are getting a heaping dosage of the smoke caused by these fires. San Ignacio is renowned for its amazing scenery…for views like this one from the hilltop of the CahalPech Resort. But all that is now obscured by a haze of smoke, and reports are that it was much lighter today than on previous days. It’s a problem for the resort, as it has been bad for business.

Cynthia Robateau, General Manager, Cahal Pech Resort

“People are complaining simple thing. You have the air conditioning in the room and even though the doors are clothes—the laundry especially—even though we do our clothes in the washing machines, they still complain that when they get back their laundry, the laundry smell of smoke.”

Mike Rudon

“So definitely you guys have lost some business because of the smoke?”

Cynthia Robateau

“Yes, we have a great deal. Also here at the hotel, we’re known for our swimming pool and for the past three weeks, ashes in the pool. It doesn’t matter what we do; we do high maintenance on our pool and we’ve been having a lot of problems with that.”

And while complaints are bad enough, the smoke has also caused cancellations.

Cynthia Robateau

“We had guests complaining. One guest in particular who had asthma, she had to leave; we had to refund her entire package. We had other guests who were coming on the road from Belize City to San Ignacio and they decided to change their minds and go back to the city. It’s crazy, we’ve been calling over the radio, people keep coming and we don’t know where to go because no one seems to care what is happening in this area.”

Misael Ramirez

Chief of Staff at the San Ignacio Hospital Misael Ramirez says that the smoke is a definite health concern. They had their own brush with fire on Sunday, and Fire Department personnel had to be called in.

Voice of: Fidel Castanedas

“Last night, we were out there about five-thirty in the evening till way about eight o’clock. We had a large area of bush that was burning and it was a real hazardous area for those people around there especially the hospital and passersby traffic on a whole. So we were out there dealing with it last night.”

Misael Ramirez, Chief of Staff, San Ignacio Hospital

“It will be easy to get any respiratory infection because the normal mechanism to defend your longs will be affected due to the smoke and that will create easy field in the lungs to develop acute respiratory infections—could be viral, could be bacteria.”

Fidel Castanedas

“The smoke generally is affecting all, but especially we have those that suffer asthma or small children, they are the ones vulnerable to the smoke at this moment.”

Mike Rudon

“Is there anything that anybody can do about this?”

Fidel Castanedas

“Yeah, we strongly advice people all over to exercise care within their homes; to keep their areas clean a minimum of six feet perimeter from their house so that they can be on a safe zone within their homes so that we can prevent accidents resulting from fires.”

And with that said, there’s not much that anyone can do but wait for nature to take its course, hopefully sooner rather than later. Mike Rudon for News Five.

Channel 5

Re: Choking Smoke [Re: Marty] #465026
05/23/13 05:03 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Ministry of Health Advises On Bushfires and Exposure To Smoke

The Ministry of Health is advising the public on the exposure to smoke from bushfires. The Ministry says that recent bushfires around the country, particularly around the Cayo District pose a risk to vulnerable individuals of overexposure to smoke. The smoke associated with these fires has the potential of irritating eyes, trigger prolonged coughing spells and cause respiratory distress or breathing problems. The Ministry advises individuals with chronic lung conditions, especially asthma to avoid areas with intense smoke if possible.

In the event that the smoke is unavoidable, they suggest that masks or wet rags be used to alleviate the worst effects and to visit the nearest health facility for respiratory support if needed. In addition to smoke exposure, intense heat may be experienced and the Ministry reminds the public of preventative measures for heat stroke as follows: drink sufficient water, dress adequately and keep in the shad as much as possible. The first sign of heat stroke is red flushed skin. Other signs include fever, seizures, headache, a rapid pulse and sometimes unconsciousness. Children and the elderly are considered more vulnerable.

Finally the Ministry advises that since respiratory distress and heat stroke are medical emergencies, anyone exhibiting signs and symptoms should visit the nearest health center or hospital.


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