Mt. Apo fire still raging

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – The fire in Mount Apo rages on a week since it started on Black Saturday (March 26). It has destroyed 350 hectares of forest and grassland, as of Saturday (April 2).

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is still trying to put out the fire on the mountain slope facing Davao del Sur.

Davao Del Sur’s Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Officer (PRRMO) Harry Camoro told CNN Philippines that firefighters are now using two helicopters to douse the fire.

He said the fire is contained in two areas of Mt. Apo, but another fire activity was monitored on Saturday afternoon.

The Philippine Army’s Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) has directed its disaster responders to help in the operation.

Camoro said the PRRMO and the Protected Area and Management Board (PAMB) headed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Davao and Soccskargen regions have signed a memorandum closing all trails leading to Mt. Apo.

He added trekking activities are still banned in the area.

Also read: Officials mull temporary closure of Mt. Apo

Davao-City based journalist Ben Tesiorna contributed to this report.