Forest fire threat has been mininal until 1990’s Earliest forest fire recorded at1963 at Negeri Sembilan Followed by several occassions in 1970’s and 80’s at pine and acacia mangium plantation In 1998, about 160,000 ha of forest reserve burnt at Sabah Most forest fires occurred at forest plantation, logged-over natural forest or peat swamp forest Most were caused by arson
a) Engaging Fire Detection Mechanism such as aerial surveillance and construction of fire stores and fire towers in the district forest offices b) Purchasing forest fire equipment, communication equipment and forest fire fighting vehicles c) Monitoring Fire Drought Index – Fire Danger Rating System (FDRS) based on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) used at USA d) Identification of Hotspot and Burnt scars using satellite images e) Fire management Prerequisite For forest Management Plan (FMP) ie by having Fire Management Zones and creating fire-breaks f) Trainings and extensions – ie six (in 1997) and two (in 1999) officers were sent for attachment at the British Columbia Forest Service (BCFS).
- Fire Tower - Ground Patrol - Air surveillance - Satellite imageries - NOAA - Malaysian Meteorological Service (Hot Spot Detection, Smoke Plume Detection and Haze Detection) - SPOT - Malaysian Centre for Remote Sensing (Early Warning, Detection and Monitoring and Mitigation Measures)
Satelite imageries (MMS & MACRES) National Forest and Plantation Fire Committee FORESTRY DEPARTMENTFIRE & RESCUE DEPARTMENT MITIGATION ACTIVITIESS
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