Biggest fire the size of 8 football fields

Biggest fire the size of 8 football fields
Scenes of fires at vegetated area near 9 Aviation Park Road.

SINGAPORE - With the dry spell lingering, bush fires broke out around the island on Wednesday, including at a patch of forest near Woodlands Bus Interchange, at Bukit Brown cemetery and within 4km of Changi Airport.

Ms Michelle Xu, 32, was initially disturbed by smoke from the fire at Woodlands at around 7pm. She then saw from the window of her 15th-floor flat that the fire had grown.

"I was surprised at how big the fire became. It was burning up an area about the size of two basketball courts," said the shift manager.

The fire was later extinguished by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

Earlier, there was a bush fire about 4km from the Changi Airport Tower.

Pockets of fire covered an area of about eight football fields near 9, Aviation Park Road.

The SCDF received a call about the fire at 4.09pm and it took about four hours to extinguish it.

Over at Bukit Brown, pockets of fire were spreading over an area of about one football field, with smoke trails seen from as far as Holland Village.

The SCDF was alerted at 11.55am to the fire, off Kheam Hock Road.

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