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Since so many people visit the cemetries on Qingming, many of which are up on the border in new Territories it is not uncommon for families to visit graves during the previous couple of weekends.(my wife went last week) These means that the fire risk is actually spread over couple weeks rather than on one day and to further complicate things the areas chosen for burial are usually chosen for their "Feng Shui" and are invariably on hillsides which pose access challenges to the fire Services.
Coincidently, there was a hill fire yesterday on Ap Lei Pai a small Island joined by a tombolo to Ap Lei Chau. We frequently hear Government Helicopters flying over to Lamma to recover injured hikers or sick residents to ferry them them Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam and I no longer pay much attention but when I glanced out of my window I realised that the helicopter was dunking its bucket into the sea outside and to my suprise Ap lei Pai was burning. I don't know if there are any graves on Ap Lei Pai but I wouldn't be suprised. There is for example a solitary grave over the road by the hill next to my tower block. I checked on it this morning - no one had visited it to sweep.|