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Bushfire Hits Subic Airport Perimeter

by Louella G. Vizcocho

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE – Several trees were burned or damaged, and an undetermined wildlife may have perished in a bushfire that hit part of the forested perimeter of the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) along Argonaut Highway, late this afternoon (April 15).

SUBIC AIRPORT PERIMETER BUSHFIRE. A large cloud of smoke from the bushfire rose to over a hundred meters and was visible kilometers away, prompting many to worry, and speculate about the fire that was eventually extinguished in less than an hour.
SubicBayNews photo by Vic V. Vizcocho, Jr.

“I dispatched a team to the area and the fire was immediately put under control,” Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Fire Chief Ranny Magno told Subic Bay News.

A large cloud of smoke rose to over a hundred meters and was visible kilometers away, prompting many to worry and speculate about the fire that was eventually extinguished in less than an hour.

SUBIC AIRPORT PERIMETER BUSHFIRE. Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Firemen dispatced by Fire Chief Ranny Magno was able to immediately control and eventually extinguish the bushfire that hit the perimeter of the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA).
SubicBayNews photo by Vic V. Vizcocho, Jr.

The fire did not affect airport operations, as well as equipment and property, but could have ravaged an estimated several hectares of the forest.

Magno said they will investigate the cause of the bushfire, a rare, if not an isolated occurrence in the vicinity of the airport. (LGV)

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