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Central city on high alert for forest fires

Update: May, 27/2015 - 18:10
Central city's forest department has put forest fire alert at level 5 (top dangerous level) as temperature in the city and central region hit 36-38 degrees Celsius over the past week. — Illustrative image/ Photo VNA

DA NANG (VNS) — Central city's forest department has put forest fire alert at level 5 (top dangerous level) as temperature in the city and central region hit 36-38 degrees Celsius over the past week.

Head of the city's forest management department Tran Van Luong told Viet Nam News yesterday that any careless action by local people can trigger a huge fire.

He said all firemen and fire-fighting vehicles and equipment have been put on alert since Tuesday.

Luong noted that rangers in Hoa Vang, Lien Chieu, Son Tra, and Ngu Hanh Son districts had been sent to inspect and ensure that local people refrained from using any inflammable material or fire for farming. Their tasks also included communicating precautionary measures to communities living near forests.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, central provinces may touch 40 degrees Celsius.

Drought in the area is expected to become more severe as forecasts have ruled out rain for the next few days.

The city has a total forest area of 67,148ha, of which over 43,000ha is special use and protection forest and two nature reserves – Ba Na and Son Tra.

In 2012, a serious fire destroyed 100ha of forest on Hai Van Mountain Pass in Lien Chieu District. — VNS

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