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Ministry warns provinces to guard against forest fires

Update: January, 10/2014 - 15:11
The Central Steering Committee for Forest Fire Prevention and Protection has alerted local authorities and citizens in six provinces of the high risk of forest fires during this dry season.— Photo tinmoitruong

HA NOI (VNS)— The Central Steering Committee for Forest Fire Prevention and Protection has alerted local authorities and citizens in six provinces of the high risk of forest fires during this dry season.

The six provinces are Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, and Tay Ninh in the south and Kon Tum, Gia Lai, and Lam Dong in the Central Highland region. All of them have reportedly been experiencing dry weather for many days.

Last Friday, the minister of agriculture and rural development also asked localities across the country to adopt preventive measures to avoid forest fires.

In 2013, 241 forest fires occurred nationwide, destroying a total of 932 hectares, mainly in the central highland provinces and the south central coast areas.—VNS

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