March, 08 2014 08:31:48

Forest fires put out in Lao Cai

LAO CAI (VNS)— Firefighters and soldiers stamped out four forest fires yesterday in Hoang Lien National Park, located in northern mountainous Lao Cai Province's Sa Pa District.

More than 100 community members and 20 soldiers remained on duty to deal with any further fires.

Authorised agencies are investigating the case and will send a report to the provincial People's Committee as soon as possible.

The Hoang Lien Steering Committee for Forest Fire Prevention said that the 500 people who had to stay at the forest overnight to put out the fires returned to Ta Van Commune yesterday morning.

At the same time, the People's Committee of Central Highlands Kon Tum Province is taking drastic measures to prevent forest fires.

Forest rangers instructed local residents how to safely burn terraced fields to avoid causing forest fire and conducted more patrols after the dry season began. Chu Mom Ray National Park was put on alert Level 5, which signifies "extremely dangerous".

Dao Xuan Thuy, deputy head of the national park's management board, said that 70 staff members were always ready to co-operate with authorised agencies to put out forest fires.

The province now has more than 600,000 ha of forest, including 1,200 ha particularly vulnerable to forest fires. — VNS

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