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07.02.2006 Regional News

Brong Ahafo records 246 bushfire cases last year

By GNA

Sunyani, Feb.7, GNA- The Brong Ahafo Region last year recorded 246 bushfire cases as against 211 cases the previous year, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alex M. Hughes, the Regional Fire Officer said on Tuesday in Sunyani.

He told the GNA that the Sunyani Municipality recorded 69 cases, the highest in the region whilst Jaman South district recorded two cases, being the lowest.

The Regional Fire Officer expressed regret about the alarming rate at which the vegetation in the region had been destroyed by people who had refused to adhere to the ban on setting fire to bush during the dry season.

Mr. Hughes said hunting, setting of fire by Fulani herdsmen and setting of fire to slashed vegetation by farmers were the major causes of bush fires in the region.

He, therefore, advised the people to desist from destroying the vegetation, which would result in land degradation. Mr Huges said: "The public should immediately report any incidence of bush fire to the nearest Ghana National Fire Service station to enable personnel to put the fire off on time to prevent the loss of lives and destruction of properties".

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