Tourists Rescued from Nusa Penida Hills, After Fire Erupts in Beachside Forest

Twenty-four tourists have been forced to evacuate from the popular trail and famous photographed spot in Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida, on Sunday, Aug. 20, when the fire broke out. While twenty were able to escape unharmed, four were stuck and eventually rescued by a joint team of the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), firefighters, local police and military, as quoted from Indonesia Expat.

A forest fire erupted at Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida. Picture source: bali.tribunnews.com

The cause of the fire is not yet known, according to local media allegations the blaze have been started by a tourist’s cigarette butt not being put out properly.

The fire reportedly started around 7:28pm, burn the shrubbery to trees that grow in the hills near the coast.

Local firefighters struggled to contain the blaze, because it was already dark, citing poor access and limited water supply.

“All we could do was anticipate conditions so it would not spread to settled areas,” the regional disaster management agency (BPBD) Klungkung head Putu Widiada said

Meanwhile, Klungkung Police and Fire Department Chief, Putu Suarta says the fire was extinguished “manually,” since the water supply of the department’s fire truck ran out. Consequently, PDAM, the regional water supply company had to send tank trucks from the island’s center, which took around an hour and a half to get there, as quoted from Coconuts Bali.

The fire has been fully extinguished and no casualties have been reported.

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