IPOH: The state Fire and Rescue Department is on full alert over a massive fire that has engulfed almost 60ha of forest near Tasik Bersia in Gerik.
A spokesman at the rescue operations centre said they received a report on the fire at 11am on Tuesday but they had yet to find out how and when it started.
He said initial investigations showed that there were no villages or settlements around the affected area.
“An operations centre was set up some 15km away from the fire zone so that we could get first-hand updates on the situation there,” he said.
State Fire and Rescue Department director Yahaya Madis said they would do the necessary to prevent the fire from spreading.
He said a rescue team had been deployed to inspect the site.
“We are looking for an alternative route to get there. Our operations are hindered by many geographical restrictions on the mountainous land.
“We are seeking a shorter route through waterways so that we can get there as soon as possible,” he said.
Yahaya said he had ordered about 190 officers and members from all over the state to join the operations.