Brush fire in Lower Valley

Firefighters on Pedro Castle Road in Lower Valley Wednesday. - Photo: Ken Silva

Teams of firefighters were fighting a brush fire on land off Pedro Castle Road in Lower Valley Wednesday.

Fire officers from Central and Frank Sound fire stations were dispatched shortly before 2:30pm, and additional off-duty personnel were called in to assist the firefighting efforts.

By 5pm Wednesday, the fire officers were working in multiple areas throughout the scene to ensure the flames did not spread to nearby residences.  According to Fire Service officials, no houses were in danger at that time.

Fire Service officials advised motorists to avoid the area if possible and nearby residents should stay in their home with windows closed to avoid the large amount of smoke caused by the fire.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service were assisting with the efforts and have deployed its drone to help pinpoint the areas burning, so the Fire Service can focus its response on any hotspots.

“Once fully extinguished, the fire prevention team will assess the scene to determine the cause of the fire,” according to a statement from the Fire Service.

No injuries were reported.

“As a matter of public safety, the CIFS will continue to protect property and ensure the flames do not come into contact with any direct threats in the area,” the Fire Service stated, adding that fire officers will remain on scene until they can confirm that the fire has been fully extinguished.

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