Frequent hillfire on Double Ninth Festival

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Multiple reports of hillfires were made as today is the tomb sweeping day.

As of 2:00pm, the Fire Services Department has received nearly 40 hillfire reports, in areas such as Yuen Long, Tuen Mun, Sheung Shui, Sha Tau Kok, Tai Po and Ma On Shan. It is suspected that grave sweepers may have left their burning incense unattended or did not put out kindling before leaving.

At around 1:00pm, the police received calls that the hillside near Sai O Village at Sai Sha Road was on fire. Firefighters arrived later and put out the fire in 50 minutes. No evacuation was made.

Yellow fire danger warning is now in force, meaning that the fire risk is high.