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Police and Fire to monitor cane fields

August 29, 2014 6:33 am

The Commissioner Western’s Office has issued a warning that as of 6pm this evening, anyone deciding to start fires at home must get a permit from the Police, NFA or DO’s Office in light of the increasing bush fires and the long dry spell.

A team has been set up to monitor the increasing bush fires in the western division with the assistance of Police, Military, NFA and FSC.

Acting Commissioner West Luke Moroivalu says so far 3 people have been arrested and charged for starting fires.

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We’re going to patrol the sugar cane areas and also the pine forest to ensure that people should be alert we don’t want to see unwanted burning happening all around. The team will be visiting cane cutters gang providing awareness to them on the importance of not setting cane fields on fire. The police have been requested to make investigations and also arrest if they find someone that has caused fire.

Moroivalu adds that it’s very expensive for farmers and residents in the west particularly the economy as most cases going to FSC shows high level of burnt cane.

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