A major forest fire broke out on the Philippines, Mt. Apo on Saturday (26 March) and has affected more than 100 hectares of forest cover. Dozens of trekkers, who climbed Mt. Apo during the Holy Week, were evacuated as the Bureau of Fire Protection have been trying to fight the forest fire.
Joey Recimilla, the city tourism officer, said the forest fire continued to spread and was only about two kilometers from Lake Venado – which is also adjacent to the reforestation sites on the Makilala town side of the country’s highest peak, if the fire is not contained, I am afraid that by Sunday afternoon it will penetrate the (Kidapawan-Magpet-Makilala) eco-triangle.
The local government units around Mt. Apo had only allowed 1,000 mountaineers to climb the country’s highest peak due to the onset of drought and the fear of fire, unfortunately initial investigation has found the fire may have been started by a camp fire.