Aerial surveillance to nab bushfire culprits

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 11 Mar 2006

MIRI: Aerial surveillance is being carried out in northern Sarawak after the Department of Environment received complaints of bushfires caused by open burning. 

Department of Environment (DOE) chief for Miri Division Norina Frederick Sambung confirmed that the surveillance was being carried out together with the police air wing. 

“We have deployed ground and aerial surveillance teams to check on complaints. We have found numerous bushfires in the Kuala Baram area,” she said when contacted yesterday. 

She added that the fires were scattered and small. 

“We also detected several bigger fires in the southern half of Miri Division, particularly near the Niah region about 100km south of here. 

“We are worried some of these fires may escalate into hotspots,” she said, adding that the Fire and Rescue Department had been informed. 

She said the DOE was investigating the source of these fires and was trying to nail the culprits.  

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