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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development and the Forest Department are informing the General Public that the Fire Season is on. In Belize the Fire Season is observed from February 15 to June 15 on an annual basis. Presently we are in the middle of the season.

 With the periodical onset of the dry weather, the General Public, especially agricultural farmers, are asked to take all the necessary precautions when using fire for their daily necessities such as the burning of their garbage and preparing land for cultivation. Most forest fires originate from negligent use. In most instances agricultural fires tend to get out of control due to the time of the day when the fire is lit and the failure to open fire lines around the entire perimeter of the land clearing.

We encourage farmers NOT to burn during the hottest part of the day (10 am - 2 pm) and ensure that at least a 3 meter wide fire line is cleaned around the area to be burnt.

With our mandate to oversee the sustainable management of Belize’s forest resources, forest fires are a great concern to us especially at this time of the year. We therefore call on all Belizeans to help us protect our forests, protect our property and safeguard our health. For further information, feel free to contact the Forest Department at 822-1524 or 822-2079 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .