21 Sep 2015

American Samoa battles scrub fires

9:44 am on 21 September 2015

People in American Samoa are being asked to refrain from burning rubbish as a dry spell sets in on the territory.

An out of control rubbish fire is believed to have been the cause of a fire in Fagaalu on Friday, while firefighters have been kept busy with other scrub fires in the territory.

The Public Safety Commissioner, Save Leiato, is asking the public not to burn rubbish because of dry grounds and stronger-than-usual winds.

He says low water pressure in some parts of American Samoa could also hamper firefighting efforts.