"256 bush fires in 40 days" - The Straits Times, 13 Feb 2005
Extract - "More than six bush fires on average have been breaking out in the island state every day since the start of the year, because of the sunny weather. In the space of about two hours around noon on Friday [11 Feb 2005], the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was called to put out two blazes in different parts of the island.
One was at an area about the size of two football fields along the National University of Singapore's Research Link in Kent Ridge. It took them around an hour to put out this small blaze. The other was nearly four times larger in a field filled with waist-high lalang, along Jalan Gemala 3 in Lim Chu Kang. Four fire engines and two fire bikes fought the fire for 90 minutes using nine high-pressure jets.
The SCDF said it has had to deal with 256 bush fires in the first 40 days of this year. The spate of fires is believed to be one of the worst in recent years. And the outbreaks seem to be increasing. There were 152 in the first nine days of this month alone, outstripping the 104 in the whole of last month.
The SCDF dealt with around 500 bush fires in the whole of last year. Unlike residential fires, which are generally put out in minutes, extinguishing a bush fire can last hours to days.