KANGAR: The fire at the Padang Siding landfill which started two days ago is still raging.
Firemen have so far only managed to douse 40% of the area which caught fire three days ago.
Two schools – SRJKC Sin Min and SK Pauh – situated close to the landfill had to be closed yesterday due to the smoke.
However, authorities said the situation was under control.
In IPOH, the massive forest fire near Tasik Bersia in Grik has been brought under control.
State Fire and Rescue Department director Yahaya Madis said firemen managed to find a way into the mountainous area and put out about 80% of the 60ha of jungle on fire.
The department had received a report on the fire at 11am on Tuesday.
An operations centre was subsequently set up some 15km away from the fire zone.
“The fire had spread from one hill to another but we managed to contain it from spreading further to another two hills nearby.
“We hope to put out the fire completely in the next day or so.
“Even then, we will continue to be on standby there in case the fire flares up again,” said Yahaya.
In KUALA LUMPUR, City Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman said the authorities were bracing for more bush fires as the hot weather was expected to continue for at least another two weeks.
“We have had many incidents of bush fires recently. We have to be extra careful,” he said.
Since the start of Chinese New Year, he said the department had received 38 reports of bush fires.