There are reports of an ongoing forest fire near the Chancellor Ridge in Port of Spain.
These reports come in as the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP) calls for volunteers to aid in the assessment and monitoring of the situation as early as tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
The Forestry Division, which is the governmental organization responsible for battling forest fires, has been notified. However, as recently reported, the Division remains strapped for resources and funds.
Over the last several weeks, the dry season has been in full swing, even with the brief light to moderate showers. Bush fires have been on the rise across the North-South corridor along the Uriah Butler Highway and Solomon Hochoy Highway.
Trinidad and Tobago’s fire season runs from December 1st to June 30th, coinciding with our country’s drier period. Under the Agricultural Fires Act (Ch63:02 Act 20 of 1965) a permit, obtainable from the nearest Fire Station, is required to light outdoor fires during this time. Failure to obtain a permit carries a fine of $20,000 and 6 months imprisonment. This fine was increased as of January 1st 2019 from $1,500 to $20,000.
This is a developing story.