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Fire torches 15 acres of grassland

Causes evacuation of some families
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A large bush fire burned about 10 to 15 acres of vegetation on a mountain in Kannat Tabla, forcing at least five families to evacuate their homes on Sunday night.

No one was reported injured or received any medical calls related to the wildfire, according to Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Jocelyn Alvarez yesterday.

This photo is taken from the south side of the mountain at 8:51pm as the forest fire was trailing toward San Vicente Village. (ANDREW KIM VILLANUEVA)

This photo is taken from the south side of the mountain at 8:51pm as the forest fire was trailing toward San Vicente Village. (ANDREW KIM VILLANUEVA)

“The cause of the fire is still under investigation,” Alvarez said.

Motorists on Beach Road and Chalan Pale Arnold could clearly view the raging fire on the mountain. Starting at 8pm, debris from the fire started falling on many villages.

The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services received a call about the wildfire on Sunday at 6:22pm. It eventually died out at 11:54pm.

Alvarez said multiple units were dispatched but they were unable to directly access the fire due to rough terrain and no available entry routes for the fire trucks.

Alvarez said a primary survey of the fire was conducted and, as a precaution due to high winds and direction the fire travelled, some residents in the area were advised to evacuate their homes at 7:30pm.

The affected residents were allowed to return to their homes at 11:40pm after it was determined that the fire no longer posed an immediate threat to homes in the area.

Alvarez said firefighters monitored the fire until it eventually died out.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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