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July 23, 2014
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Police warn public to desist from lighting open fires

The police are continuing to warn the members of the public to desist from lighting open fires, and instead find alternative methods of clearing lands and disposing of garbage.

This practice has resulted in an increased damage to property, injuries and in one case, loss of life, a release from the police has stated.

It must be noted that in addition to damage to public and private property, uncontrolled fires also damage the ecosystem, and can cause death or serious injury to persons and animals, the police said.

"This illegal practice has been exacerbated by the prolonged dry period. As such, persons are being encouraged to utilise herbicides for clearing lands, and landfills for the disposal of garbage," the release urged. Open burning, without permission, is an illegal activity and is prohibited under the Country Fires Act and the Public Health (Nuisance) Regulations."

Anyone caught burning garbage could be subject to a maximum penalty of $50,000.

Citizens are being urged to do their part in protecting the environment, properties, and more importantly, protecting lives.

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