Vegetation fire engulfs area the size of 4 football fields on Jurong Island

Singapore Civil Defence Force officers found "intermittent pockets of vegetation" on fire in an area measuring about four football fields in Meranti Avenue.
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers found "intermittent pockets of vegetation" on fire in an area measuring about four football fields in Meranti Avenue.PHOTO: STOMP

SINGAPORE - A large section of an open field in Jurong Island was ablaze on Tuesday afternoon (Feb 13) due to a vegetation fire.

A video sent to online portal Stomp showed raging flames rising from the ground, with the surrounding area shrouded in thick smoke.

In response to queries, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire in Meranti Avenue at 2.40pm.

Officers found "intermittent pockets of vegetation" on fire in an area measuring about four football fields, it said.

The fire was extinguished by the SCDF and there were no reported injuries.

The cause of fire is being investigated.

Last year, there were 368 vegetation fires, a 9 per cent decrease from the 405 cases seen in 2016, according to latest figures by the SCDF.

However, vegetation fires remain the most common type of fire in non-building premises, ahead of vehicle fires and rubbish fires in open spaces.