Philippines–– COTABATO CITY, Philippines – A bushfire melted aluminum power lines dangling between two steel pylons in Maguindanaos Montawal town Monday, causing outage in many parts of Central Mindanao and all of the 37 barangays here.
Officials of the National Grid Corp. confirmed the incident to radio stations in the city and appealed to farmers in areas straddled through by power lines to refrain from setting on fire grasses and agricultural byproducts such as dried cornstalks, hay and rice hulls near steel towers and dangling power lines.
Power supply in the city was restored past 7:00 p.m. Monday.
The police and the military had ruled out sabotage.
Major Gen. Ronnie Ordoyo, commander of the Armys 6th Infantry Division, whose office was affected by the power outage, said he has ordered all military units under his command to embark on an education campaign meant to help educate the public in Central Mindanao on how to prevent a repeat of the incident in Montawal that plunged many parts of the region into total darkness.
Ordoyo also asked local government units to help in their peaceful campaign to help maintain and protect power facilities in the 6th IDs territory. – John Unson The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement
Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.
But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.
A network of 500 fire trails and strategic burns along the north-west urban edge, heavy grazing and extra grass slashing will create a fortress for the territory which forecasters say faces a higher than average risk this summer.
After a fire-fuelled tornado in January 2003 killed four Canberrans and frightened thousands more, CSIRO fire expert Phil Cheney told the subsequent inquiry the fire’s penetration into urban areas under extreme conditions did not reflect a failure of fuel management on the urban interface.