A dramatic hill fire ripped through Por Lo Shan in Tuen Mun on Sunday night.

Photo: Ho Ka Wah, via Facebook.

The blaze broke out at around 5pm, threatening a nearby warehouse and electricity towers.

Photo: Dino Chan, via Facebook.
Photo: Cwai Lam, via Facebook.

Flames spread quickly due to strong winds.

Photo: Christon Lee, via Facebook.
Photo: Wai Wai Fong, via Facebook.

Fire department teams responded – the blaze was extinguished by 8:14pm.

The red fire danger warning was issued at 6am on Saturday and continues to be in force, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. Hill fires are common during the dry season in Hong Kong when the humidity is low and rainfall is scarce.

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The weather is otherwise set to be fine and dry over the Lunar New Year break with temperatures of up to 18 degrees celsius on Monday.


Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Quartz, Global Post and others.