Pahang Fire Dept busy putting out forest fires

Smoky situation: One of the areas in Pahang that has been burning since early this month.

KUANTAN: The Pahang Fire and Rescue Department is hard at work putting out forest fires which have broken out in three districts in the state.

Its director Wan Mohammad Zaidi Wan Isa said the department had been receiving calls about fires across the state since early this month.

“Aerial observation carried out by our air unit based in Subang found that several areas in Kuantan, Pekan and Rompin were on fire, ” he said.

In Kuantan, up to 3ha of land in Kampung Alur Beruang near the Penor Prison were in flames while in Pekan, 2ha in Kampung Cenderawasih, Sungai Miang, were also on fire.

In Rompin, fire spread out to about 30% of 1,000ha of land near a plantation while 2ha in Kampung Menchali, Leban Chondong, were also burning.

Zaidi said they would attempt water bombing to put out the fires.

“We will also enter the affected areas over land to extinguish the fires. Teams will be deployed by helicopters to locations with no access.

“They will work with the Forestry Department. Personnel from stations in Kuantan, Pekan and Rompin will also be mobilised for the operation to extinguish the fires totally, ” he said.

Monitoring efforts would also be done periodically to identify new cases as well as areas where fires were likely to occur, he added.

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