30 outbreaks of fire in Keningau so far this month
| 11th August, 2009 KENINGAU: In just the first 10 days of August this year, there have been 30 outbreaks of fire in the district due to fire spreading started by man.
Superintendent of the Interior Fire and Rescue Services Department Mausi Sitim said 70 per cent of cases in Keningau were such types.
“The fire could have been intentionally started or from open burning,” he said when met after inspecting several spots of bush fires here.
Mausi said several cases of the forest and bush fires started from indiscriminately discarded cigarette butts that had not been properly put out.
He warned the culprits that the department would take stern action against them with fines of up to RM5,000, maximum jail of three years or both.
The firefighters have so far rescued RM2,130,000.00 worth of public property from 58 cases of fire within the first six months this year.
The amount of losses recorded was RM1,698,650.00 for the same period.
He therefore strongly advised the public to refrain from open burning and reminded farmers to get the advice of the Fire and Rescue Services Department before starting a fire to clear their farmland.