Fire flattens 4 acres in Papago


A grass fire of still unknown cause that lasted about three hours swept through four acres of vegetation in Papago yesterday afternoon.

No one was reported injured, according to Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services acting spokesman Linus Mizutani.

DFEMS received a call about a grass fire in Papago at 1:58pm. DFEMS Forestry I and firefighters from the Susupe fire station arrived at the scene at 2:08pm and immediately put out the fire.

The grass fire was under control by 3:22pm, but firefighters fully extinguished it at 4:40pm.

A total of four acres were burnt, based on firefighters’ mop-up operations.

DFEMS reminds the public to take extra precaution to prevent wildland fires.

Last March 30, brush fire of still unknown cause broke out in Talafofo and spread near the Miller estate on Capital Hill.

Last 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.

Since last February, several brush fires have happened on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

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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