Firemen battling forest fire in Johor's Iskandar Puteri

Some 16ha of forest at Kampung Pekajang started burning last Friday afternoon (Aug 23) due to the current dry weather in the state.
Some 16ha of forest at Kampung Pekajang started burning last Friday afternoon (Aug 23) due to the current dry weather in the state.PHOTO: BERNAMA

Malaysian firefighters are battling to extinguish a forest fire in Johor's Iskandar Puteri district that has caused two nearby schools to be closed.

The fire at Kampung Pekajang started burning last Friday. Dry weather and strong winds allowed the fire to spread, engulfing about 100ha of the forest.

Johor Fire and Rescue Department director Yahaya Madis said around 80 firemen had been fighting the fire, and since Sunday, they had extinguished the fire at 45 per cent of the area.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2019, with the headline 'Firemen battling forest fire in Johor's Iskandar Puteri'. Print Edition | Subscribe