Holy smoke: Forest fires the size of about 210 football fields in Miri


Two big forest fires raging in Miri today.

MIRI: Big forest-fires are burning in Miri and producing smog and haze, yet again.

These forest-fires are raging in two separate locations adjacent the Eastwood Golf Course, and they are blowing smoke into the city centre.

One of the fires is about 60 hectares in size, and the other fire about a km away is 24 hectares in size.

One hectare is about 2.5 acres - the size of 2.5 football fields.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department are deploying helicopters to carry out water-bombings in an effort to douse the fires.

In its latest updates, Bomba Miri said 63 fire-fighters are at the fire sites now to fight the fires on the ground.

In the meantime, Miri MP Dr Michael Teo has sought explanation from the management of a giant development consortium - the owner of the private land on which the fires are raging.

Dr Teo wants the owner to deploy their workers en-masse to assist Bomba fire-fighters to douse the fires.

He said the smog from the fires have resulted in haze being blown into the city centre.

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