Intense Fire In Cane Field In North: Route 22 Closed For Traffic
10 October 2012 - Défi Media Group
The black series continues. A new fire broke out in a cane field in the north of the country, specifically in the rear of the building belonging to Espace Maison & Jardin in Forbach.
Several acres of cane fields are Forbach in flames since early afternoon on Wednesday 10 October. This new fire need a strong mobilization of firefighters, including elements of Piton de Triolet and Port Louis.
The police took the decision to close Highway 22 to traffic due to a thick black from the fire, which makes it difficult visibility in this region. Thus, motorists leaving and going to Goodlands Vale should take the road to Daruty. Those doing the reverse path must follow the instructions of the police, who are on site.
"We will do our best to control the fire as quickly as possible. We can not say at this stage how long will this exercise, "said a firefighter on Radio Plus.
The task of firefighters is not easy because a strong wind was blowing and regular in the region. The firefighters took precautions to prevent fire spread to adjacent buildings, including houses under construction.
"The task is complicated by the strong breeze. But I salute the courage of my men, "said the Officer Divisionnal firefighters, Dorsamy Ayacootee on Radio Plus at 14h 15.
For now, the origin of the fire is still unknown. It is worth noting that the fires in the cane fields at this time of cutting.Saturday, September 8, at least 500 acres of cane fields, located in the north of the country, were burned in a fire.
Minister of Agro-Industry did not hide his anger after the fire. Satish Faugoo had even suggested that there were "strong indications that it was a criminal act." He recalled that the law provides for a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for such offenses.
Faugoo Satish had said we could not tolerate such acts in a "period where the economic situation is gloomy." The sugar industry, in fact, is still a major pillar of the Mauritian economy.
Some farmers are believed to voluntarily burn their cane fields. Burnt cane, indeed, must be harvested and milled within 48 hours. After this time, the degree of purity of the cane is reduced.