Volunteer firefighters were put in danger during a bush fire in Garza on March 23. Ryan Bombard, chief of the Volunteer Firefighters of Nosara, said that they had chopped around the area so the fire would burn itself out. They were able to control it pretty quickly without using water. However, while they were fighting the fire face on, someone set a back burn that came up behind them, putting them in danger.
In order to stop the back burn and avoid being surrounded by a circle of flames, they had to use water from the truck. They fought the fire for three hours to ensure that it wouldn’t light again. Approximately six hectares (14 acres) were burnt.
Bombard estimates that 99% of fires in Nosara are caused by people.