$20,000 fine for starting fires without a permit

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    Citizens are being reminded that you can be fined $20,000 for starting fires in the dry season without a permit.

    The fine actually was increased from $1,500 at the start of this year.

    The Local Government Ministry has issued guidelines to persons who have obtained permits, on how they should start fires, and when.

    For instance, fires shouldn’t be started when there are high winds or during hot dry weather periods.

    Persons with permits should also only burn small amounts at a time.

    This is to ensure bush fires are prevented, since illegal fires can destroy the lives of animals, the environment and people.

    Persons can contact the Forestry Division, the ODPM, Fire Service or the Local Government Ministry for more information on obtaining a permit to start fires.