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Gunung Jerai hit by bush fires

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GURUN: The dry spell has triggered a series of bush fires near the peak of Gunung Jerai in the past week.

The latest blaze occurred yesterday morning and affected some 15ha near the mountain peak.

Guar Chempedak Fire and Rescue Department chief Abdul Muin Ayob said a team of firemen was dispatched to the scene after being alerted at 8.30am.

“Seven firemen took more than seven hours to control the fire,” he said yesterday.

Abdul Muin said firefighters had to use the fire beater technique to put out the fire as water supply could not reach the spot.

He said firemen were in the midst of containing the fire and preventing it from spreading to other areas.

In Perak, the surrounding areas of Gua Tempurung in Gopeng was given a good clean-up by local celebrities in conjunction with “Perak Hijau dan Bersih Bersama Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian (ABPBH) 2013” programme yesterday.

The presence of 14 celebrities and finalists of ABPBH 2013 added a star- studded feel to the programme which was part of Berita Harian’s corporate social responsibility programme.

-NST

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