SHAH ALAM: The public should immediately report fire incidents and not engage in open burning activities in view of the current hot and dry weather, says Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Hafisham Mohd Noor.
He called on the public to immediately report any incident of smoke or small fires to prevent them from spreading.
“We will respond as soon as possible and I hope no one engages in open burning,” he said.
According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department, the country is currently experiencing the southwest monsoon which causes hot and dry weather until mid-September.
At the same time, Hafisham said Selangor Bomba continues to conduct patrols in areas identified as fire hotspots in the Kuala Langat South Forest Reserve (HSKL), HSKL North and Johan Setia in Klang.
He said his department was actively carrying out operations to put out fires in areas believed to be agricultural locations around Johan Setia since Wednesday.
He added that it was now an annual routine for the department to carry out such operations at that location.
“The fire was put out on Wednesday but then there was a new area that caught fire too.
“The fire is believed to have been caused by agricultural activities coupled with the current hot and dry weather, which led to the Air Pollution Index (API) reading to rise sharply,” he said. — Bernama