The fire that destroyed 50ha of jungle at Piah Forest Reserve is now under control and is expected to be completely out in two days. Lintang State Assemblyman Datuk Ahamad Pakeh Adam said the blaze had been contained. “All precautions have been taken to ensure no recurrence,” he told reporters after visiting the site today. Also present were Sungai Siput deputy police chief Deputy Superintendent Haris Daud and Sungai Siput Fire Station head Rathi Abas.
UNDER CONTROL: Firemen dousing the embers at the Piah Forest Reserve in Sungai Siput.
Ahamad said the cause of the fire had yet to be determined. “However, there are movements of people in the area including Orang Asli and workers of logging companies.” He said the area that was burning was a logged forest area and not virgin jungle. The existing trees had not reached maturity to be logged. About 70 personnel drawn from the Fire and Rescue Department, Forestry Department and police had been stationed to fight the fire. Rathi said the Fire and Rescue Department received information of the fire at 9pm on Friday. “We had cleared certain parts of the jungle as buffer zones to ensure the blaze would not spread,” he said. Firemen also faced a water shortage as they had to bring water up the 800-metre high mountain to put out the blaze. Smoke was still billowing in some parts of the jungle today.