Seven bush fires recorded since January PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 April 2018 13:34

At least seven bush fires have been reported in different parts of the city this year, based on statistics of the Bureau of Fire Protection.

The incidents were reportedly attributed to man-made factors such as throwing of lighted cigarettes, children playing with matches and unattended burning of garbage at the backyard.

Zamboanga City District Fire Marshall F/Supt Jhufel Brañanola is thus warning Zamboanga residents to exercise precaution to avoid bush fires during this summer season.

Brañanola issued the warning amid observations on a rise in temperature this summer season compared to past years.

"Mas sobrang mainit talaga ngayon ang panahon kumpara noong mga nakaraang taon kaya pinapayuhan namin ang publiko na ibayong mag-ingat sa sunog lalo na sa mga madamong lugar at malapit sa mga kabahayan. Sobrang delikado." Brañanola said.

"Our firemen have responded to several bush fire incidents the past months.  Buti nga maliliit lang kasi kung malakihan na yan,mahihirapan tayo kasi kukulangin tayo sa mga kagamitan in putting out non-structural fire.  With due consideration sa terrain na di kayang akyatin ng mga fire trucks, hindi kasi 4x4 ang mga truck natin, mas maganda kung mag-ingat na lang sa sunog," Brañanola said.

City Fire District fire statistics for 2018 showed that from January to March, there were nineteen (19) structural fire incidents and seven (7) non-structural fire incidents for a total of twenty-six (26) fire incidents.

Fire statistics for 2017 showed that from January to March, there were twenty eight (28) structural and non-structural fires in the city.

There is a variance of (2) fire incidents as compared to last year, according to Brañanola, but this doesn't mean that we have to be complacent with the present situation.

"Nagsisimula pa lang ang tag-init kaya dapat tayong lahat mag-ingat sa sunog lalong-lalo na sa ating kapaligiran dahil sobrang tuyo at madaling kainin ng apoy pag nagkataon, we must remember that everyday is a fire prevention day," Brañanola said. (Bhong Simbajon/RMN News)