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Yesterday, early evening, I started receiving messages from friends around town - is there a big fire up by you? Opening my door�I didn't see (or smell) a thing�so I jumped in the golf cart to drive a bit north and take a look. There had been a fire - fence posts were still on fire on the north end of the Tuto property at about 8.5 miles north. But it was impossible to see the extent.

I called my neighbor - the fire department had been called earlier in the afternoon. With winds howling from the north for the last 2 days - there was concern that it would reach closer to homes. The fire was put out. No one hurt. Here is my Google Earth map - and the yellow area is my estimation of where the fire burned. Now it is just smoldering�with a fence post or two still burning. And the squawking of lots of distressed birds. Here is the link to this area in Google Earth so you can explore on your own

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Wildfire fire north of Ambergris Caye contained by residents and the fire department; slash-and-burn practice is illegal

Over the weekend, on Saturday, April 9th, several residents in northern Ambergris Caye scrambled to tackle a wildfire threatening to spread to nearby homes. It is uncertain how it started, but residents believe it was intended to clear bushy properties. If this is the case, the San Pedro Fire Department advises people that it is illegal to set fires and should be reported to their facilities on Pescador Drive or call 206-2372. Residents state that the fire began around midday, and with the winds blowing, it slowly picked up and spread to residential areas. Some people reported observing distressed wildlife trying to get away from the inferno. The location of the fire was around eight miles north of San Pedro Town, just north of a fenced area called Tuto, which appeared to have been reached by the fire.

The local fire department was aware of the blaze and headed north to tackle the burn. Residents had already begun to clear other areas near the fire and dug trenches to cut the fire path off. The combined efforts worked, and although the flames burned a large area, no residences were damaged, and no one was hurt. The San Pedro Fire Department emphasizes that if someone uses the slash-and-burn method to clear properties, it is illegal and should abstain from engaging in such practice.

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