USA — The Guam Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense is working to identify temporary shelters for residents in the area affected by an underground fire in Yigo. In the meantime, the Guam Environmental Protection Agency is supplying carbon monoxide detectors to families living near the fire, a press release from Civil Defense stated. About 16 to 18 homes in the area are immediately exposed to the fumes, according to Guam Fire Department Fire Chief Dave Peredo. Since Tuesday, a fire orginating from a coral pit filled with debris has been smoldering off Route 15 near Mount Santa Rosa. Fire officials are worried dousing the pit with water would cause contaminants to seep into the aquifer, which is a major source of the island’s drinking water, according Peredo. An alternative would be to cap the pit with clay dirt and soil, according to Guam EPA spokesman Gerry Cruz. For now, authorities are letting the fire burn, according to Civil Defense. The Guam National Guard’s 94th Civil Service Team is monitoring carbon monoxide emissions from the fire, according to Yigo Vice Mayor Ron Flores.
Firefighters put out Toto grass fire
Guam firefighters responded to a grass fire in Toto yesterday. The blaze stretched into a valley behind Harvest Christian Academy, Guam Fire Department acting spokesman Capt. Ed Flores confirmed. No nearby homes were damaged. Flores said fire units arrived at the scene at 12:06 p.m. Residents used buckets to try to manage the fire themselves and keep it away from their homes while waiting for the fire department. The fire was extinguished by 6 p.m.