Wildfires encroach on Miri Golf Club as Similajau National Park continues to burn


MIRI: The grounds of the Miri Golf Club near here have been hit by wildfires.

The Miri Fire and Rescue Department received a call for help at about 11.30am Monday (April 1) to douse wildfires burning trees and bushes on the golf course's grounds.

Miri Fire Chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said his firefighters were at the site, using mechanical pumps to draw water from the nearby Miri River to douse the flames.

Meanwhile, forest fires are spreading in the Similajau National Park as dry weather continues.

In its latest updates, the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department said its teams were inside the park trying to prevent the fires from spreading.

"This is the fourth day of operations tackling forest fires in Similajau," it said.

On Sunday (March 31), aerial water bombing was carried out by the Department's air wing from Miri but the fires persisted.

Similajau National Park is located at the boundary of the Bintulu and Miri districts.

Supt Law said the forest fires were detected in the national park on March 29.

He said initial probes showed there had been open burning conducted at the fringes of the park.

Firefighters on the ground decided to call for aerial water-bombing to prevent the fires from getting worse.