Brush fire wipes out vegetation in Talafofo


A brush fire of still unknown cause burned vegetation in the Talafofo area and spread toward the Miller estate on Capital Hill last Friday. No house was burned. (DFEMS)

Another brush fire of still unknown cause broke out in Talafofo and crept near an area called the Miller estate on Capital Hill last Friday, destroying several acres of vegetation.

No one was reported injured and no house was burned, according to Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesman Derek Gersonde.

The fire, which was reported at 10:58am, moved toward the Miller estate on Capital Hill, while its tail end spread into the deep jungle of Talafofo.

DFEMS positioned teams east of the Miller estate and in Talafofo to monitor the blaze and prevent the flames from approaching residential area.

As of 5:3pm Friday, the fires by Miller’s estate and had Talafofo died out.

A DFEMS duty team was assigned to spot check the areas for any flare ups.

Last Monday, March 26, a big brush fire of unknown cause broke out in Papago below Mt. Tapochau and spread to Kannat Tabla the following day, destroying 120 acres of vegetation.

Last Tuesday, a brush fire in San Juan, Marpi re-started again but it eventually died out.

Several brush fires have broken out on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota since last February.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Guam recently issued a notice that the drought period in the CNMI is expected to worsen in the next couple of weeks.

Following the issuance of the notice and with the expectation of moderate to occasionally strong trade winds over most of Micronesia in the next couple of months, the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management is advising CNMI residents to refrain from outdoor burning activities to avoid wildfires and endanger surrounding life and property.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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