April 12, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – After more than two weeks, the fire in Mt. Apo in Mindanao was finally declared “under control.”
Harry Camoro, head of the Davao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), said they have not observed any visible smoke from the burnt areas when they conducted an aerial survey Monday morning.
But before declaring a fire out, he said they still need to conduct a thorough inspection on the affected areas.
He said they will have to check the entire 113-hectare areas damaged by the blaze to be certain that no embers or firebrands are present that could easily rekindle the fire.
Camoro said the bambi bucket operations; establishment of fire lines; cloud seeding operations; and natural rains have greatly contributed to the suppression of fire.
He also recognized the efforts of more than 200 volunteers.
The fire in the country’s highest mountain that straddles Davao City, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur started from its peak last March 26.
The cause of fire is still undetermined, but officials said it may have connection to the extreme heat caused by the prevailing El Niño phenomenon.