Date
23 September 2018
A blaze at Nam Sang Wai (inset), north of Yuen Long in the New Territories, has environmentalists fretting about possible damage to the eco-system in the wetlands area. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Debbie Li
A blaze at Nam Sang Wai (inset), north of Yuen Long in the New Territories, has environmentalists fretting about possible damage to the eco-system in the wetlands area. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Debbie Li

Firemen battle blaze at Yuen Long wetland area for hours

A major fire broke out at a wetland area in the New Territories on Monday, prompting worries about potential damage to the eco-system in the vicinity.

At around 3 pm, a blaze took place at Nam Sang Wai to the north of Yuen Long, an area crisscrossed by the Kam Tin River and Shan Pui River and which has high ecological value.

It is believed that the wildfire started from a vegetated area full of Chinese silvergrass and reeds before it spread quickly due to strong wind, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Among other things, a nearby cycle track was affected due to the fire.

A large number of firefighters rushed to the scene and battled the blaze. “Water bombs” were also dropped from a helicopter from the Government Flying Service as authorities sought to put out the fire.

One of the fire lines reportedly stretched for as long as 25 meters.

After the efforts, the fire was put off around 8 am Tuesday morning. No casualties were reported.

It remains unclear as to what caused the fire.

Environmentalists, meanwhile, said they are worried about the aftermath of the fire, pointing out that the Nam Sang Wai wetland is the habitat for many species of organisms.

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