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Province strives to prevent forest fires

Update: March, 21/2013 - 14:42

.The Forest Management Departments of U Minh and Tran Van Thoi districts in the province of Ca Mau have mobilised nearly 2,000 people to protect 41,000ha of cajuput forest from fire during the dry season.—File Photo

CA MAU (VNS)– The Forest Management Departments of U Minh and Tran Van Thoi districts in the province of Ca Mau have mobilised nearly 2,000 people to protect 41,000ha of cajuput forest from fire during the dry season.

The departments have distributed equipment and pumping engines to highly risk locations in case of fire and found teams of people to patrol the forest 24 hours a day.

The province has also taken specific measures to protect the 8,500-ha U Minh Ha National Park, which is a UNESCO-recognised global biosphere reserve. Tourists to the site are being restricted in the areas they can see in order to minimise the risks of fire.

The cajuput forest of Ca Mau is reported to be under great danger of fire due to the extreme temperatures recorded in March in the area. From the beginning of the dry season this year, 14 cases of fires in cajuput forests have occurred nationwide, causing damage to 60 hectares of forest. – VNS


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