Calabanga — Putting out forest fire is an emerging challenge for local governments and communities which has no equipment nor dedicated personnel for the task.
Take the current case of the huge fire that gutted about 100 to 150 hectares of second forest growth in the shoulders of Mount Isarog in the barangays of Harubay of Calabanga town and Canayunan of the municipality of Tinambac.
The forest fire, believed to have been started by the locals using illegal practice of kaingin system, burned hundreds of trees of hardwood species at the shoulders of Mt. Isarog in Camarines Sur over the weekend.
The forest fire reported to have started 1:00 P. M. Saturday was put out by the concerted efforts of employees from the provincial disaster management council and volunteers from the community.
Barangay Harubay chairperson Edencia Orlina related that the provincial employees and volunteers did the job by studying the direction of the wind and the fire and preempted its spread through simple clearing of the vulnerable area.
There was no report yet on whether a response was made from the Legazpi city-based regional office of civil defense. (with PNA report by John Mark Escandor)