The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue (MHVFR) service has been busy protecting properties over the last few weeks from several forest fires that have threatened homes, farms and utility poles among other things.
The latest spate of fires have been edging closer to populated areas like Sweeting’s Village and Spring City as fires of unknown origin blazed through then dry grasses around the farm lands and the underbrush of the pine forests between Marsh Harbour and Snake Cay.
Fires continue to burn up to press time with the Volunteer Fire Department responding to numerous calls as flames draw near to properties in Marsh Harbour.
Despite a steady cloud of smoke lying across the airport runway, the airport has been able to remain open through the weekend of April 11 and 12.
The Fire Department wishes to advise the public that it is illegal to start fires without the permission of the Forestry Department and also advises that with current conditions being very dry and windy that the potential for a fire to become out of control is greater. Please get proper permission and take every precaution to ensure people’s lives and properties are not endangered.