Several wildfires have been observed in the west, north, and south causing respiratory illnesses, difficulties breathing, and headaches to nearby residents. Love News traveled to Belmopan today to and spoke with several residents who relayed their struggles to our reporter.
Over the weekend just outside Belmopan, residents in Roaring Creek Village had their share of fire threats. As many as eight families and their homes were threatened by the nearby fires. Correspondent Fem Cruz was on the scene and filed this report.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Based on information received just after 4pm of a wildfire in the Another World area of Roaring Creek Village Love News raced to the scene. Upon arrival we saw the fire personnel. Ramon Witz the area rep for the United Democratic Party spoke about the danger of the fire.
Ramon Witz, UDP Area Representative: “We have had our share now of this dry season with fire in the area. In Another World right now we’re experiencing some bush fires that was getting very close to houses occupied and so the fire department, the Roaring Creek Police, our mayor of Belmopan we call came together to try and control this. I really want to thank the people of the Another World area of Roaring Creek who came out and who gave us that helping hand and so the fire is now under control. We hope that people will now refrain from lighting any fire – I’m not saying that this one happened as a result of that but things are so, the ground everything is so susceptible now to fire that I’m appealing and asking everyone to be careful about lighting fires, burning garbage unnecessarily, in fact I want to ask them not to do it any at all, this is in an effort to not cause more fires and threaten the homes and livelihood of people.”
The recent forest fires were mostly extinguished when the government sought assistance via aerial spraying.