PUTRAJAYA: The Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) has identified 14 high-risk areas susceptible to forest fires in during the hot and dry spell that is expected to last until September.
They are the Selangor Agricultural Development Corporation lands and Raja Musa forest reserve in Bestari Jaya, Johan Setia in Andalas, Pulau Kempas in Banting, Parit Hj Dorani and Sungai Panjang in Sungai Besar, Kuala Langat forest reserve in Dengkil, Jalan Miri to Kuala Baram in Miri, Kg. Luagan, Kg Lumat and Kg Nukahan in Beaufort, Binsuluk forest reserve in Kuala Penyu, Kg Krupal in Rompin and Gunung Besout in Slim River.
FRD deputy director-general (operations) Datuk Soiman Jahid added that the department had recorded 611 forest fire cases in the first two-weeks of June, which is almost double that of cases in May 2013.
"A majority of these fires are started due to natural causes but some also involved open burning and vandalism, where people throw cigarette butts that starts the blaze," he said on Wednesday.
It was reported that there were six peat soil fires in Selangor, the biggest involving 60 acres of peat land along KM 21.4 to 21.6 of the ELITE Highway heading towards Shah Alam.
"We have managed to extinguish 90% of the fire and the rest of the cases have also been taken care of," he said.
Soiman said the FRD, during the dry season, would continue collaborations with the District & Land Officer, Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Forestry Department, Department of Environment (DOE), Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS), Public Works Department (JKR), Agriculture Department, Health Department, Civil Defence Department (JPAM), Malaysian Centre for Remote Sensing (MACRES) and the People's Volunteer Corps (RELA).
He advised the public to refrain from open burning or carelessly disposing cigarette butts as it could cause even more fires to spread during the current dry spell.
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