Bushfire shrouds Putrajaya in smoke

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  • Thursday, 06 Mar 2003

PUTRAJAYA: Several parts of the federal administrative capital here were covered in smoke after a bushfire broke out along the highway to the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang yesterday. 

The bushfire spread to over 3.2ha at a location where firemen had battled and put out peat fires last year. 

A Putrajaya Fire and Rescue Services Department spokesman said a fire engine was despatched to the scene after the department received a call from the public. 

Flights to and from KLIA were not affected. 

Meanwhile, a bush fire swept through 80ha at a former mining area in Dengkil.  

The fire, which started at about 7.30pm, was seen partly from the Dengkil-Banting road. 

Kuala Langat Fire and Rescue Department operations chief Ariffin Pawan Teh said a fire engine with six men and an officer was despatched minutes after the blaze began. 

He said his men were hampered by low water pressure and poor visibility. 

At press time, the firemen were still fighting the blaze.  

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