Gunung Baling fire now 85 per cent contained

ALOR SETAR (Bernama) – Nearly 85 per cent of the fire that has been raging on Gunung Baling over the past four days has been contained so far.

However, Baling Fire and Rescue Station Chief Mohd Jamil Mat Daud said if the weather is hot and windy there is a possibility that this would reignite the fire that has been put out.

“Until now, nearly 85 per cent of the fire has been extinguished using water bombing method and the firefighting operation which resumed at 7.30am yesterday only detected a number of small spots of fire in decreasing numbers.

“We also detected a spot of fire leading to the Gunung Baling quarry but it is still under control,” he said when contacted by Bernama yesterday.

Mohd Jamil said the Mi-17 helicopter was still being used to conduct water bombing to put out the fire.