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Fire could force relocation of Yigo residents

by Michele Catahay

Guam - Yigo mayor Bob Lizama says as a result of an executive order signed by Governor Felix Camacho, he's been meeting with families along Chalan Ifil to determine what course of action should be taken with the underground fire burning in the northern village.  A deep-seeded fire has been creating blankets of smoke there.

Lizama says while the fire is still smoldering, his office is working on providing assistance to families who may need to relocate, telling KUAM News, "Part of the emergency declaration allows for housing assistance for these families that are due elect at least until the smoke stops and then from there, we will just go with that."

Lizama says the Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense will be working with other agencies like the Guam Environmental Protection Agency and the Guam Fire Department on the matter. In addition, the office will be looking to acquire a hotel to allow for residents to relocate.

In the meantime, air quality sampling will also be conducted in the surrounding areas.

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