Gunung Baling fire almost 85% extinguished, firefighters monitoring situation


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 9 Feb 2019

A firefighter using a fire beater to tackle a small blaze on Gunung Baling.

A firefighter using a fire beater to tackle a small blaze on Gunung Baling.

ALOR SETAR (Bernama): As at 1pm Saturday (Feb 9), nearly 85% of the fire that has been raging on Gunung Baling over the past four days has been contained so far.

However, Baling Fire and Rescue Station chief Mohd Jamil Mat Daud said if the weather was hot and windy, there is a possibility it would re-ignite the fire.

“Until now, nearly 85% of the fire has been extinguished using water bombing after fire-fighting operations resumed at 7.30 am Saturday and only detected a number of small spots of fire in decreasing numbers.

“We also detected a spot of fire leading to the Gunung Baling quarry but it is still under control,” he said when contacted by Bernama Saturday.

Mohd Jamil said the Mi-17 helicopter was still being used to conduct water bombing to put out the fire.

Mohd Jamil said as at 9 am Saturday, as many as seven instances of water bombing had been conducted at the scene of the fire on the mountain.

“In addition, firemen used jet shooters and fire beaters to put out small fires. They were assisted by personnel from other enforcement agencies,” he said.

The cause of the fire, which started on Wednesday (Feb 6) evening, has yet to be determined but firefighters did not rule out the possibility that it was triggered by some mountain climbers. - Bernama