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Firemen keeping watchful eye on burning cow itch


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Firemen keeping watchful eye on burning cow itch

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Fire officers are on the scene of a grass fire at Kew Land, Redman Village, St Thomas. 

Residents along the street confirmed to Nationnews that the blaze started around 8:30 p.m. 

One female resident said she was not sure how it started but they were happy since there were experiencing some discomfort due to the amount of cow itch in the area. 

Leading fire officer Richard Warner said t it was a blaze they usually responded to at this time of the year. 

“We usually come to this fire every year around this time. The cow itch is there and it really affects the residents,” he said.

To put residents out of their distress, he lit the areas which were not yet burning. 

“If we don’t light it and finish burn away the cow itch someone else will. We are backlighting it to make sure they can have some relief. This is what you call controlled burning. We will stay here and monitor it and make sure it stays under control,” he said. 

A team of three officers and one fire tender responded to the fire. (RG)

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