GEORGE TOWN: Yet another bushfire occurred in Penang island as the weather gets drier here.
This time, firemen had to trek 300m into hilly woods to put out the fire that covered 0.8ha of forest near the Kek Lok Si Temple in Ayer Itam on Sunday afternoon (Feb 7).
A representative for the state Fire and Rescue Department said they received an emergency call at 3.38pm.
"A team of firefighters from the Paya Terubong Fire and Rescue Station rushed to the location as soon as they received a call with the help of the nearest voluntary firemen.
"It was difficult to put out the fire in the forest due to lack of access to the location.
"The firemen had to climb more than 300m to the location with special equipment to put out the blaze.
"It was found that the fire burnt trees and dried leaves," he said.
The representative said the fire was brought under control at 4.31pm and is still being monitored to prevent a recurrence of the incident.
On Thursday (Feb 4), about 50 firemen had to put out a massive forest fire at Jalan Chee Seng in Tanjung Bungah.
The firemen took more than six hours to contain the fire, after the department received a distress call at 4.42pm.
On Saturday (Feb 6), firemen battled a bushfire at the Batu Lanchang Chinese cemetery in Lorong Batu Lanchang here.