Forest ablaze again

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 13 Apr 2019

Zolkipli (centre) checking on the situation in Similajau National Park in Sarawak.

MIRI: Forest fires in the Similajau National Park in northern Sarawak have reignited again.

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) has sent its volunteer firefighters to help the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department personnel who are already on the ground.

SFC chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said fires were detected in the park.

“We thought they were extinguished for good through the hard work of firefighters who had been battling them in the national park since March 21.

“The fires reignited due to the burning embers and the dry and windy conditions which fanned the fires,” he said after visiting the national park to check on the situation.

He said SFC deployed 26 volunteer firefighters to assist the 40 firefighters already at work.

The department had two weeks ago carried out aerial water bombings to douse the flames.

Similajau National Park is located at the Bintulu-Miri districts boundary, about 150km south of Miri.

Initial investigations showed there was open burning at the fringes of the park, with the fires then spreading into it.

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