Update: 9:30am, Saturday: The Cayman Islands Fire Service says it has extinguished the large brushfire that began in the Windsor Park area yesterday afternoon.
There was a small flareup at the site earlier this morning, which was tackled by the crew that had remained on standby overnight.
The scene of the blaze will be monitored throughout today as a precaution, the CIFS said in a press release issued by the Government Information Services this morning.
Since the fire began around 3pm yesterday, some 18 fire personnel, one light portable pump, four tankers and one rapid intervention vehicle were deployed to fight it.
The cause of the fire is not yet known but an investigation is under way.
Update 10pm: A brushfire in Windsor Park has been brought under control, but fire crews will remain at the scene until it is deemed there is no further risk to the surrounding area.
According to a Government Information Services press release, the X-Ray One police helicopter, which had been monitoring the fire throughout the late afternoon and evening, will return to the scene to make an additional aerial risk assessment tonight.
Light smoke is still present in the area.
Residents are advised to keep doors and windows closed and to monitor air conditioning units for smoke intake.
Update 6:45pm: Fire crews remain at the scene of a large brushfire in the Windsor Park area this evening.
According to a Government Information Services statement, fire officers are “deploying defensive firefighting tactics to ensure the surrounding structures are protected”.
A large amount of smoke is still emanating from the site and there have been reports of falling embers.
The Cayman Islands Fire Service is asking residents to avoid the area if possible.
Residents in the vicinity are advised to stay indoors as much as possible, with their doors and windows closed, and should monitor air conditioning units for smoke intake.
Original story: The Truman Bodden Sports Complex and the University College of the Cayman Islands were evacuated this afternoon, as crews from the Cayman Islands Fire Service tackled a large brushfire in the Windsor Park area.
Students competing in the inter-secondary athletics competition were forced to abandon the event around 3:30pm, as heavy smoke from the fire surrounded the sports complex.
A fire alarm could be heard coming from UCCI, as students evacuated the site. People at the scene reported difficulty catching their breath in the smoke. Traffic on the surrounding roads was heavy as people left the scene.
The Cayman Islands Fire Service, in a post on Facebook, advised residents and businesses in the Windsor Park to close their windows, if they are impacted by the smoke.