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.