|People try to put out a fire. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Liem
CAO BANG (VNS) — Two forest fires broke out in the northern Cao Bang province yesterday, allegedly caused by residents burning paper for their ancestors during the traditional Thanh Minh Festival, or Tomb-Sweeping Day.
The second fire was reported at about 5pm in the area around Suoi Cun Hydropower Plant in Hoa An District, which destroyed more than 5ha of a pine forest.
Another blaze broke out in Tan Giang Ward in Cao Bang City, in which about 1ha of a pine forest was destroyed.
The municipal forest protection department head Hoang Phuong Vy said the negligence of the residents in burning paper and incense caused both fires. — VNS