Pahang open fires increase by 262% due to dry days

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019

KUANTAN: Days without rain have resulted in an increase of open fires in Pahang. The State Fire and Rescue Depart­ment said they received 680 reports up to yesterday.

This shows an increase of 262% compared with the same period last year, which had only 188 cases.

“Kuantan recorded the highest number at 321, while Pekan had 152 cases and Temerloh 131.

“To tackle this, the department has activated the haze operations room at Pahang headquarters since March 17,” it said in a statement.

It added that personnel at all nine fire stations in Kuantan, Pekan and Rompin had been temporarily put on 24-hour shifts.

The seven areas affected by fires were Pulau Serai in Peramu, Sungai Miang forest, Pekan Timur plantations and Jalan Pekan-Nenasi in Pekan, areas near the Nenasi-Rompin border as well as Bukit Palas and the Gebeng industrial area in Kuantan.

The fire at the Nenasi-Rompin border appeared to be quite serious with some 20ha of forest already burnt.

Pahang Fire and Rescue Depart­ment director Nor Hisham Moham­mad said the air pollutant index readings in Rompin had a high of 279 at 3am yesterday.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Nation

Body found floating in Sungai Perak
No Malaysians affected in Thailand railway blast incident, says Perlis exco
Unity govt not with Zahid, but with coalitions, says Loke
Newborn girl found abandoned in box at Mersing
Health Minister to oversee public health issues, healthcare services and facilities
Dr Wee expresses appreciation to Ayer Hitam supporters
I declined Cabinet role to focus as Damansara MP, says Gobind
Cabinet line-up feels unfair to DAP, says Penang CM
Four students arrested after canteen row blows up
Azalina vows to address, amend outdated laws to be relevant with current times

Others Also Read