Wildfires caused by open burning, dry spell starting again in Miri


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MIRI: Wildfires caused by open burning and the dry spell are starting in Sarawak again.

On Tuesday (Aug 11), there were37 cases of wildfires in the state, with Miri alone recording 12 cases.

Over the past few days, the Miri Fire and Rescue Department had to deal with numerous cases of wildifires that burned in five different locations in and around Miri.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department, in its updates, said teams on the ground were alerted to the wildfires over the past few days.

Wildfires were reported mostly in the Kuala Baram area.

Many of these wildfires are believed to be sparked off on purpose by those who use fire to clear vegetation.

There are worries that such wildfires will worsen if the weather gets drier in the coming weeks, said the state disaster relief committee.

Last year, there were two separate episodes of serious haze that stretched for months, with the Air Pollutant Index at one point surging beyond the 400 mark.

Miri is notorious for its annual wildfire-induced haze.

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