144 Bushfires Recorded in Eastern Region, Alarming Incidents Of Bushfires
The Eastern Region is recording alarming incidents of bushfires in all Municipal and District Assemblies this harmattan season.
The bushfires are mostly caused by farmers, hunters, cigarette and wee smokers.
Many properties mainly ECG installations including electricity poles have been burnt.
The Ghana National Fire Service is worried about the rate of outbreaks.
According to the Regional Fire Commander Assistant Chief Fire Officer(1) Mrs Jennifer Naa Yarley Quaye, at least 144 cases of bushfires have so far been recorded in the region only in January 2022
when we compare the statistics from January last year 2021 we recorded 6 bush fires which was the lowest and we were fortunate, but this year 2022 had gone up because we are now in January, and we have so far recorded 144 bush fires in the Eastern region therefore she’s pleading to the general public to be cautious of how they go about burning their bushes and the weeds in their environment,” she said.
The Public Relations Officer of the Electricity Company of Ghana, ECG, Mr. Emmanuel Halm on his part said dozens of Electricity poles have been burnt in parts of the region due to bushfires.
“These bush fires actually have very serious effects, they have had instances where cables have been suspended because of these fires, some poles are now tilted and they have to take emergency measures to go and repair these faults.
He continued that recently, it took the intervention of the fire service to just quench a fire along the Suhum- Koforidua road and then they also had another one from Suhum- Adoagyiri road.
Management of ECG are appealing to the media also to help them to educate their customers on the effects of bush fires on their networks.