Traditional field burning costs thousands

  • 2006-04-19
  • By TBT staff

RIGA 's Latvian farmers' tradition of burning their fields over the Easter holiday has cost rescuers an average of 2,000 lats (2,846 euros) per day this year, the Latvian Fire and Rescue Service reported.
Service spokeswoman Inese Veisa said that, between April 14-17, firefighters used 1,560 lats worth of fuel, and fire truck repairs cost them about 420 lats a day.
Veisa said the large sum spent was due to an exceptional consumption of fuel. "And the vehicles broke down due to the bad roads," she said.
Latvian Interior Minister Dzintars Jaundzeikars has been informed about the expenses.