18 Sep 2008

Samoa police arrest three youths over forest fire

10:03 am on 18 September 2008

Police in Samoa have arrested three young men in connection with forest

fires that have burnt over 2,000 acres of farmland and forest at Aapo and

Asau on Savaii island.

Formal charges have yet to be laid although police say that more people could be held for questioning.

The Talamua on line news service reports that police detained the trio last night after the emergency status was lifted and the area declared safe with all the fires put out by fire fighters and helpers.

The fires had been burning for a week and came close to threatening residential settlements at Asau in the weekend.

Two days of rain have helped put out the flames.