Fires hit Guam this weekend, drought conditions remain in the Marianas

A firefighter puts out a grass fire in Barrigada in this file photo from GFD. A fire weather warning is in effect for Guam.

Guam -Today may have brought some scattered showers, this wasn’t the case over the weekend. The Guam Fire Department had their work cut out for them as they controlled and extinguished blazes in the North and South.

On Sunday, firefighters battled a grass fire behind Katz & Sons in Barrigada. The intensity of the wild fire prompted the closure of the road from the intersection at Route 25/Route 16 to Mendioka Street.

GFD also responded to a grass fire in Santa Rita near the intersection of Route 17 and Route 5. While the Santa Rita blaze did not warrant any road closures, GFD spokesman Kevin Reilly said that the large grass fire did require the assistance of HSC.

The grass fires have prompted GFD and the Department Homeland Security to issue a warning Sunday to island residents.

Reilly said the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense received a report from 911 dispatch of a wildfire with a potential of heavy smoke to affect residential areas from Chalan Kindo Rt. 17 to Chalan Lizama Rt. 5, Cross Island through Santa Rita.

Drought conditions remain across the Marianas this means that residents need to practice fire safety.

Reilly said, “The Guam Fire Department reminds residents that burning of vegetation is prohibited during high fire danger rating periods and without a permit issued by your village fire station. Clear vegetation and debris at least 30 feet around your home, and do not throw cigarettes or other smoking materials on the ground or out of vehicle windows.”

So don’t forget Munga Ma’ Songi Guam, Don’t burn Guam. Remember, outdoor burning is not recommended.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.