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Jakarta Post

57 forest, bush fires reported in Brunei since early March

  • James Kon

    Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei   /   Sat, April 6, 2019   /   06:06 pm
57 forest, bush fires reported in Brunei since early March Bush fires (Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network)

The Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) issued a statement yesterday thanking the Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd for contributing 20 boxes of mineral water to the personnel of the Jerudong Fire Station.

“On behalf of the Fire and Rescue Department, the Commanding Officer of the Operation Branch ‘F’ conveys his gratitude and thanks to Brunei Gas Carriers Managing Director John Douglas Cook, as well as his staff, for the contribution,” said the statement.

Firefighters from the Operation Branch ‘F’ at the Jerudong and Pengkalan Batu fire stations have been handling 57 reports of forest and bush fires since early March, as Brunei Darussalam enters the second phase of the northeast monsoon season with very limited rainfall.

Apart from renewed warnings on open burning, leaving campfires unattended and tossing lit cigarette butts, the FRD also reminds members of the public to slow down when driving by areas that are affected by forest fire, as the smoke can reduce visibility.

To report cases of open burning, contact 995 or 123. To report vandalism or theft of fire hydrants, contact 993.