Johor fire chief says open burning main cause for forest fires in state

JOHOR BARU, Sept 11 — Uncontrolled open burning was identified as the main cause for the destruction of more than 48ha of forest areas in Johor recently, said state Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Yahaya Madis.

In Johor, he said there were three hotspots, with the biggest being Muar with 20ha destroyed, followed by Pontian (12ha) and Gelang Patah (16ha) recently.

“About 60 per cent of the open burning in Muar has already been put out, while in Pontian the department has achieved about 70 per cent.

“For Gelang Patah, the operation to extinguish the blaze has ended, but there are still some reports of small fires occurring there, but is managed by the Iskandar Puteri Fire station,” explained Yahaya.

He said this after the department took the anti-corruption oath before the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Newly-appointed Johor MACC director Datuk Norazlan Mohd Razali was present to witness the ceremony held at the state Fire and Rescue Department headquarters at Jalan Kangkar Tebrau here today.

Despite the ongoing task to extinguish the remainder forest fires, Yahaya said that the situation was under control.

He said there was no urgent need for federal assistance.

“We have enough manpower and assets to contain the situation, besides receiving assistance from agencies such as the Public Works Department, the Drainage and Irrigation Department and also the Civil Defence Force,” said Yahaya.

He explained that lower rainfall in the last few weeks have worsened matters.

“The department urges the public, especially landowners and farmers, to avoid any open burning activities to clear their land,” said Yahaya.

Link: https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/09/11/johor-fire-chief-says-open-burning-main-cause-for-forest-fires/1789498

Forest fires cause ‘unhealthy’ air quality in Pahang town

PUTRAJAYA: Smoke from forest fires in Pekan caused air quality to drop to unhealthy levels at Bandar Indera Mahkota this morning, the Environment Department reported.

It said Air Pollutant Index readings throughout the country were at moderate levels, except at Bandar Indera Mahkota which recorded an API of 104.

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Peat fire razes 420 ha of forest near Kuantan, firemen still battling blaze

Bernama | 25 Apr 2019

 

KUANTAN (Bernama): A peat soil forest fire near the Sultan Ahmad Shah Maritime Academy (AMSAS) in Sungai Ular here razed 420ha of forest Thursday (April 25), compared to 40ha last week.

Pahang Fire and Rescue Department director Nor Hisham Mohammad said the absence of an entry road, limited water source, and wind movements were among the difficulties faced by the department in an operation to douse the fire.

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Fire Dept: 40-hectare forest in Kuantan on fire

Bernama | 21 April 2019

 

KUANTAN, April 21 — Nearly 40 hectares of a forest near the Sultan Ahmad Shah Maritime Academy here have reportedly been on fire since Thursday.

Gebeng Fire and Rescue Station head Syed A. Jamaludin Syed Mohamed said they only found out about the fire at 4 pm on Thursday when a patrol team spotted it.

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Forest fires flare up again in Similajau National Park

NATION |  12 Apr 2019

 

MIRI: Forest fires have flared up again in the Similajau National Park in northern Sarawak.

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) is sending in its volunteer firefighters to help those from Sarawak Bomba who are already there.

SFC chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said on Friday (April 12) that fires had been detected inside the park again.

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Sarawak hit by 176 forest fires in 21 days

Sarawak hit by 176 forest fires in 21 days

By KANDAU SIDI – 

MIRI: A total of 176 forest fire cases were reported throughout Sarawak in the span of 21 days, affecting a total coverage area of 109 hectares.

Apart from Miri, forest fires were also reported in Bintulu, Kuching, and Sarikei believed to be due to the hot and dry weather affecting the state.

A spokesman for the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Operations Centre said this marked an increase in the number of forest fire cases since early last month.

Last month, a total of 19 bush fires were reported.

“The extreme weather means that fires can easily spread and are hard to contain.

“As such, we are appealing to the people to refrain from conducting any form of open burning,” said the department in a statement.

The fires, which has so far centered around Sarawak’s northern region, has also led to reports of thick haze due to the smoke.

Link: https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/03/471626/sarawak-hit-176-forest-fires-21-days

Malaysia is willing to assist Indonesia to battle forest fire

Sin Chew Daily/ ANN | 01 August 2017

 

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said Malaysia is ready to send fire fighters and officers to help Indonesia put out forest fire.

After launching the smart tunnel run 2017 today, he told media that the government is viewing forest fire in Indonesia seriously as it may spark off haze and the government is ready to offer assistance.

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Indonesia assures ASEAN neighbours a haze-free 2017

VNA 

 

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Indonesia has assured that there will be no transboundary haze problems plaguing Southeast Asia’s skyline this year, said Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry advisor Arief Yuwono.

Speaking at the 19th Technical Working Group and Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution in Kuala Lumpur on May 18, he said that the prediction was based on 2016’s record as the year saw almost zero recurrence of haze.

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