Drones to monitor open burning

Lee (third right) gives the thumbs-up as he poses with the drones and others during his visit to the Rela surveillance posts.

MIRI: The State Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) and Department of Environment (DoE) will collaborate with Curtin University and Naim Group of Companies in using drones to monitor open burning activities here.

Senadin assemblyman Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the initiative was to prevent bush fire at prone areas in the division especially in Permyjaya, Kuala Baram, Senadin and Tudan.

“DoE and Naim will provide three drones respectively while NREB and Curtin will contribute one drone each.

“We will be using modern drones which not only take photos but are also able to issue verbal warning via its voice control system,” Lee said today.

He also mentioned that there are three new People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) surveillance control posts being set up in Kuala Baram and Senadin areas and would be manned by Rela personnel.

He requested land owners to make firebreaks around their land as a safety measure to prevent bush fire from spreading.

“Such proactive approach is necessary as a precaution to prevent bush fire and haze from occurring again this year,” he added.

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