FIRE engulfed a forest in a town in Benguet province amid the enhanced community quarantine.
Personnel of Tuba Fire Station responded to the latest forest fire at Cabuyao, Sto. Tomas, Tuba, Benguet which started April 5.
Senior Fire Inspector Jesus Yango, Tuba Fire Station fire marshal, said the fire incident was controlled with at least three hectares damaged within the forested area.
Yanco said the case is now under investigation with no known suspects as of Wednesday, April 8, there are also no known casualties nor injures from the blaze.
Records show the Tuba blaze is the 12th incident recorded in the town since the start of the year with most of cases pinpointed to forest and grass fires.
On February, a forest fire was recorded at Bickel also in Cabuyao, Sto. Tomas with more or less 300 square meters of damage recorded.
The 121 hectares covering mount Sto. Tomas or Mount Cabuyao known for two satellite dishes on its summit is a forest reservation by virtue of Proclamation no. 581 issued on July 8, 1940 under former President Manuel L. Quezon.
From January to April 5, there have been 12 fire incidents recorded as compared to the 15 cases recorded on the same period of 2019.
Cause of fire incidents pointed to children playing with matchsticks and lighters, open flames from burning of dried leaves and open flames from farms.
Yanco callled for the cooperation of all stakeholders to prevent fires in the region. (With a report from Jean Nicole Cortes)