Musim kering di barat Semenanjung Malaysia membuatkan kebakaran hutan batu kapur di Gua Tempurung selama 3 hari bermula Jumaat lepas disusul pula dengan kejadian kebakaran 4 hektar hutan belukar di Ukay, Ampang.
Dikatakan kebakaran terjadi akibat mercun yang dimainkan berhampiran belukar tersebut.
Menurut Ketua Bomba Penyelamat Ampang, Mohd Anuar Yacob, kebakaran yang terjadi jam 9 malam mengakibatkan kebakaran kawasan seluas 4 hektar.
Angin turut membantu kebakaran mereka dengan pantas.
Kebakaran hanya berjaya dikawal sepenuhnya jam 12:40 pagi.
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A big portion of the undergrowth at Sering Ukay, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur was on fire last night, believed to be caused by firecrakers being played in the area.
Ampang Fire and Rescue Department chief Mohd Anuar Yacob said the fire, which occurred about 9 pm, caused almost 4ha of the area to be covered by thick smoke and fire. However there were no injuries or fatalities reported.
He said the fire station received an emergency call at 9.21 pm before four fire engines from the Ampang, Wangsa Maju, Pandan Indah and Hang Tuah fire stations rushed to the scene.
"With 33 personnel, including from the police and the Civil Defence Department, we were confronted with strong winds that caused the fire to spread quickly," he said when contacted.
The fire was put under control completely by 12.40 am, he said.
He said the actual cause of the fire was still under investigation. – Bernama, February 17,