Thanks to their quick response, the San Pedro Fire Department (SPFD) managed to extinguish a bushfire that occurred south of San Pedro Town on Wednesday, May 8th. The department is still not certain what caused the fire. The SPFD told The San Pedro Sun that due to the extreme heat and dry weather in the past months, there have been several bushfires on the island. “We advise all islanders to keep their yards clean, as sometimes high brush or objects like glass can cause these fires,” said SPFD.
Another regular cause of bushfire is the burning of garbage, and the public is reminded that this practice is prohibited by law. The Department of the Environment (DOE) states that they have been receiving increased reports of the burning of household garbage in both urban and rural areas. The DOE calls on everyone to stop burning garbage, whether in towns, cities or villages, to maintain air quality for all residents. Islanders are also reminded that uncontrolled bushfires can quickly grow with catastrophic consequences, putting homes and lives in danger. The San Pedro Fire Department would like to encourage all islanders to work with them and remember that the fire station is open 24 hours and can be contacted at 206-2372, seven days of the week.Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun