A fire has been raging on the Philippines’ tallest peak, Mt. Apo, since Saturday of Holy Week.
A report shows that the fire began in the ‘blueberry’ area near the peak of Mt. Apo – It is not yet clear who or what started the fire.
So far about 100 hectares have been consumed by the fire that is continuing to spread.
Authorities said that mountain climbers and trekkers have been evacuated to safer areas of the mountain as the fire rages on. So far no injuries have been reported.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is currently coordinating with local government bodies to prevent the fire from spreading further – Mt. Apo National Park straddles three areas in all and include Kidapawan City, Davao del Sur and Davao City.
So far the fire in contained with the region of the forest rangers and is not part of the Central 911 Emergency system.
This Holy Week Mt. Apo National Park limited the amount of trekkers to just 1,000 in fear that the dry land from El Niño would create fires and other dangers within the park.
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