Effective immediately, the Virgin Islands Fire and Emergency Medical Services (VIFEMS) has decreed a territory-wide burn ban. This decision has been made in response to increased fire risks caused by the current dry weather conditions. The burn ban will remain in effect until further notice and applies to all open fires, including campfires, bonfires and trash, yard debris or brush burning.
Alternative methods for disposing of debris, such as chipping or composting, are encouraged. Additionally, VIFEMS urges residents to exercise caution while using outdoor grills or cooking equipment with open flames. Properly maintaining and monitoring such equipment, and keeping a fire extinguisher nearby, can significantly reduce the risk of accidental fires.
VIFEMS will continue to monitor weather conditions and assess fire risks throughout the territory. The public will be notified once the burn ban is lifted.
Residents’ and visitors’ cooperation and understanding in supporting these precautionary measures to safeguard the Virgin Islands’ communities are important and much appreciated.