UPDATE: Bush fire at Castle Comfort

The burnt bushes. Ahead the car and house can be seen. Larry Larocque/DNO staff photo.

The owner of a car parked in close proximity of burning bushes at Castle Comfort should be happy fire officers were present to subdue a fire, before it got worst.

If the fire continued there is a possibility the car would have caught fire.

A concrete house was located about 25 feet away from the burning bushes as well.

Up to press time, DNO could not reach fire officials regarding the cause of the fire.

Larry Larocque/DNO staff photo.

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12 Comments

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  2. commentator
    March 8, 2010

    FET!

    There is a phenomenon known as spontaneous combustion. I remember in 1974-75 we used to have fires in Jimmit where we have vewtivay grass growing profusely.
    Especially now in Dominica we have a very dry and hot Caweme. Bush fires can start and anything can start them. All you need is the dry grass. Castle Comfort have a lot of that type of grass on the road verges and people have to be especially vigilant during this dry spell.
    However these fires do not spread wildly and can be easily contained by landowners cutting or planting firebreaks.

    Death valley does not have fires because death valley does not have bush.

  3. Shocking, just shocking!

    I read where someone made the claim that bottles, and cans can get so hot, that they can ignite fires.

    To me such ideas, and thoughts are nothing more than a myth, derived from a mythical mind!

    It is impossible for a fire to become ignited by hot bottles, or cans in a place like Dominica, or any place on the planet.

    We, do have electrical storms in Dominica ( Lightening before the thunder), however in the history of the Caribbean, the only place I am aware that a lightening caused some damage, was on the island of St. Vincent, where a lightening struck a building, apparently cutting the building in almost half, thus leaving the contents in the building resembling something from an old Western Movie, after a brawl.

    The incident took place in 1962.

    However, I do not know of any such events where a fire got started on any island in the Caribbean, including Dominica, due to bottles, and cans becoming so hot caused by heating from the Sun; someone may have information on that which I do not.

    We, know that electrical storms have started fires here in Califorina, and other places in the United States in the Summer on a daily basics, and some places in Europe.

    However, even in the Mojave Desert, and Death Valley, in Califorina, where the temperature rises to 125 degrees Fahrenheit, in most Summers, there has never been a suspicion that a Wild fire was started by the heat of the Sun, never mind hot bottles, and cans which are found littered in some places in the desert, or in some populated areas in the United States.

    Very seldom does the temperature in Dominica exceeds 90 degrees on any given day, I realize that climatic changes have taken place over the years, but if one review our weather patten, hot and cool, mind you not ” Cold”, we will discover in more than thirty years, the temperature in Dominica almost never exceeded 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Sometimes we need to be careful about the statement we make, because DNO, is international, and certainly if I am reading it, there are people who are not Dominica born reading DNO also.

    And all of us Dominica born do not want to appear ignorant of certain facts!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  4. Maestro279
    March 6, 2010

    Let me begin by applauding the Dominica fire service. It would appear that they are able to do much with the little which they are provided.

    A few days ago, i witnessed a fire at a welding shop in my home area. it seemed that the welders were doing some work on a fuel tank (already drained of its fuel). the guys supposedly finished the work on the tank and were about to re-install it, when the heat from the tank ignited the fuel stored nearby in pails.

    again i applaude the efforts of the fireofficers who came on the scene. the response time was great but it was interesting to see that they attacked and overcame this fire using only water.

    Two vehicles were partially damaged, and one gentleman hospitalized.

    Let me call out to the necesary authority to ensure/ or put in place a law that would ensure that a fire extinquisher be a necesary part of any garage, especially a welding garage.

    an extinguisher can be sourced for as little as EC$200.00

    The cost of damages in this fire to be borne by the garage is estimated in the thousands.

  5. STAGES
    March 6, 2010

    How much time does it take for Dominicans to learn from their mistakes, as well as from the past. We all know the implications of dumping garbage, throwing cigarette butts, cutting down trees along the roadside. All these actions impacts negatively on our environment and we continue to partake in such odd practices.
    Let’s use this social network to begin an awareness in order to help Dominicato remain clean and “Green”
    Let’s us be more responsible and stop the pollution

  6. watchful
    March 6, 2010

    We should keep our surroundings clean by removing all bottles and cans that can get so hot that they can set dry bush or grass ablaze. On a another note the public should be made to be more aware about the results of indiscriminate setting of fires.

  7. concern
    March 5, 2010

    There are workers cleanin the roadside that are putting fire alongside the marigot to concord area.people must look out for fallen trees along this route.

  8. block 44
    March 5, 2010

    people there,s a drastic change in the weather partern this year .i have been in the v.i for over 25 years and bush fires is a regular thing this time of year, but this year grass cutting is big busness ,the grass is green all around the islands..don,t take our dominica for granted ,protect what we have and pray.

  9. terrible dry season
    March 5, 2010

    It is mostly out now, there is also one on the road to Soufriere.
    People please be vigilant, no cigarette butts thrown indiscriminately.
    We need some rain badly.

  10. Sweetie
    March 5, 2010

    hmmmmm if only they knew…..anyway hope n pray to God there will no bad fires

  11. The Day Has Come
    March 5, 2010

    Oh my.. this is terrible. I pray it don’t destroy much property in Jesus Name.

  12. www.thisisdominica.com
    March 5, 2010

    Let’s hope the firemen entrusted to out fires are on top of this one!

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