Worrying signs of wildfires and haze returning

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  • Monday, 12 Jun 2017

MIRI: There are signs showing wildfires and open burning cases are starting again in Miri and Kuala Baram districts.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department found five cases of wildfires on Saturday alone. In view of this, Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting issued a warning against open burning.

“There have been reports from residents about wildfires on vacant land in various places including Pujut.

“The firefighters had responded quickly and they managed to douse these fires before they spread.

“The public must be very careful since temperature is getting hotter and the weather getting dryer,” he said.

Ting said Fire and Rescue Department could not ascertain how the latest wildfires occurred.

“They could have been sparked off by the hot and dry conditions,” he said.

He expressed concerns that some unscrupulous people were still taking advantage of the hot weather to clear agriculture land by setting dry bushes on fire.

Kuala Baram has become infamous for wildfires that bring choking haze to the state during dry season every year.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said firefighters here were on the alert to face such wildfires.

He called on the public to alert the nearest fire station if they spotted any wildfire.

The public are also urged to keep an eye out for illegal open burning and call the nearest fire station immediately.

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