Two Bombardier aircraft douse forest fires in northern Sarawak

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  • Tuesday, 23 Feb 2016

Miri fire chief Supt Law Poh Kiong (second left) explaining the latest on the Kuala Baram forest fires to Lee.

MIRI: Forest fires in some 109 hectares (270 acres) of jungles in Kuala Baram district - roughly the size of 270 football fields combined - were doused Tuesday.  

As of late afternoon, the two Bombardier aircraft from Subang helped in aerial water bombing operations to douse fires in the district in northern Sarawak.  

The aircraft belonging to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency arrived in the morning following a request from Sarawak assistant minister for communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin.  

Lee said the state authorities were grateful to the agency for the swift response. "The aircraft are capable of dumping 6,000 litres of water per sortie on the fires.”   

Forest fires have ravaged at least 405 hectares (1,000 acres) of land in the district so far - an area roughly the size of 1,000 football fields. 

Northern Sarawak is being hit by a very hot spell.

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