Fire department issues warning due to dry spell

POSTED: 09/26/12 12:12 PM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Fire Department is calling on the community to be very conscious of not throwing out lighted cigarettes or matches that could result in bush fires due to the dry spell that the island is currently experiencing.

Even though there have been some scattered showers, the amount of rainfall is not sufficient and dry weather conditions are expected to continue.

Persons, who would like to burn bush or garbage in a built up area or on a hillside for agricultural activities, are requested to refrain from doing so and contact the fire department for advice. The inappropriate use of fire can endanger lives, property and the environment in these dry weather conditions, the department said in a press statement

For information contact the Fire Department at 542 12 15, 542 12 17, 542 60 01 or at the emergency number 919.

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