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15-20 hectares already affected by Kitanglad grassfire

Published April 4, 2016 4:30pm Fifteen to 20 hectares of land have been affected by the fire that hit the protected area of Mount Kitanglad Mountain Range National Park in Barangay Sil-ipon, Libona, Bukidnon.

Initial investigation shows that the fire, which started Wednesday last week, occurred in an area seldom visited, a report on "News To Go" said Monday.

Ecotourism activities in the Mount Kitanglad National Park have been suspended by the Department of Environment and National Resources due to the threat of El Niño.

The authorities have already formed a task force to put off the fire and determine its cause.

Meanwhile, an area at the foot of Mount Banahaw in Quezon and Laguna has also been on fire since Sunday evening.

According to witnesses from Barangay Malala in Sariaya, Quezon, as well as in Candelaria, the fire started on a hill at the foot of the mountain at 8 p.m.

The Bureau of Fire Protection and the Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council of Candelaria are currently in the area to stop the fire from spreading.

The incident is blamed on the hot weather and the thick layers of dried leaves in the area.

In 2014, Mount Banahaw suffered a forest fire affecting fifty hectares of land because of an abandoned candle. Since then, recreational climbers have been prohibited in the area. Bianca Rose Dabu/KBK, GMA News


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