Fires start early

Bush fires are starting early this year.

‘They normally don’t start until February,’ said Dennom Bodden, the newly installed fire chief who took the reins of Cayman Islands Fire Service less than a week ago.

On Tuesday fire crews attended three bush fires, one in North Side, one in George Town and one in the Northward area. On Wednesday, two bush fires were brought under control in the Lower Valley area.

The fire opposite Armstrong Drive, along the main road in Lower valley required multiple call outs and consumed over two acres of scrub land.

It is believed some bush fires start naturally, but some are caused by carelessness.

Mr. Bodden said on Wednesday that members of public need to be really careful, especially when they are burning heaps.

Last year hundreds of acres burned up in the Salinas Environmental Reserve in a bush fire. The area was extremely inaccessible and as a result the fire trucks were unable to combat the flames and eventually the Mosquito Research and Control Units spray plane was used to dump water on the fire to bring it under control.