Wednesday, May 22, 2024
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Bush fires break out in the capital city

Bush fires broke out at Kampong Sumbiling, in the capital around noon yesterday with photos of the blaze circulated on social media.

Firefighters and workers at Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas jumped into action and kept the fire from spreading into the park.

According to the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department’s statement on March 24, several pockets of the Sultanate have been experiencing excessively hot weather conditions.

Among them are Labi, Batang Duri, Bangar, Lekiun, Lumapas, Bandar Seri Begawan, and Anggerek Desa.

Another five areas recorded unusually hot weather, including Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Pekan Tutong, Sinaut, Benutan and Brunei International Airport.

The Meteorological Observation Station at the Brunei International Airport recorded only 5.6 millimetres (mm), of rainfall far below the normal value of 143.4mm for the month.

During dry and hot weather, the daily maximum temperatures hover between 33 degrees Celsius (°C) and 36°C.

The Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) urged the public to refrain from open burning as it could lead to huge fires.

The public is also reminded to trim the grass at their residences to avoid fire from spreading rapidly and not to leave flammable materials exposed to the sun.

The public is also urged to be careful of wild animals or poisonous reptiles running from bush and forest fires, and extinguish any small bush and forest fires without endangering oneself.

In the case of bush and forest fires, the public is advised to contact the FRD at the hotline 995 and Darussalam Line 123 to complaint about an open burning. – James Kon

The blaze next to a flat in Kampong Sumbiling near Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas. PHOTO: RAFI ROSLI