3 Feb 2015

Saipan bush fire forces evacuations

6:04 pm on 3 February 2015

Five families were forced to evacuate their homes at the weekend after a large bush fire on Saipan in the Northern Marianas.

The fire swept through four to six hectares of vegetation on a mountain in Kannat Tabla on Sunday evening.

Several fire and emergency vehicles were dispatched but rough terrain prevented them from reaching the fire which eventually died out around midnight.

The residents have been allowed to return to their homes.