Salceda orders cloud seeding, forced evacuation, fire line defense in Albay
Photo: Joey Sarte Salceda
A fire line defense of the village settlements will also be maintained by at least 1,000 firefighters, Salceda continued.
Lastly, cloud seeding operations will be conducted tomorrow.
The fire started at around 8 AM, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported.
Some 6,000 hectares of forest and grasslands in the two islands of Rapu-Rapu were affected by the fire, the report indicated.
SC/Supt. Carlito Romero, BFP Chief, said 14 Forest Fire Protection Officers had already been deployed from Albay to comply with Roxas’ directive.
Romero said two Forest Fire Specialists who had been tasked to assume lead command at Rapu-Rapu Island had also boarded an Air Force plane with personnel from the Office of Civil Defense to conduct an aerial assessment of the affected area.
The team, he said, had recommended the deployment of bucket bomb or choppers with water buckets to help contain the bush fire.—With report from PNA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM