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Sabah fire cases spike in extreme hot weather
Published on: Saturday, February 24, 2024
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Sabah fire cases spike  in extreme hot weather
The offence of committing open burning can be subject to a maximum compound of RM2,000 per offence, and legal action, including a fine of up to RM500,000 or five years’ in prison, or both, if convicted.
Kota Kinabalu: Extreme hot weather and drought, and deliberate burning of forests to open up new areas are among the main causes of the increase in forest, plantation, farm and bush fires in Sabah this month.

The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), in a statement Friday, said a total of 277 cases of fire under this category were recorded this month as at Thursday (Feb 22), a very high figure compared to 76 cases of the same type of fire throughout last month.

“Bush and weed fires are the highest this month with 189 cases, followed by forest fires with 75 cases, and garden and farm fires with 13 cases. All of these fire cases recorded an increase compared to the same fire last month.

“People are advised not to cause or start any open burning activities at any time especially during extreme heat and drought,” said the statement.

The offence of committing open burning can be subject to a maximum compound of RM2,000 per offence, and legal action, including a fine of up to RM500,000 or five years’ in prison, or both, if convicted.

The public can report cases of open burning to JBPM at 999 or the Department of Environment at 1-800-88-2727.

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