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Authorities race to extinguish Nghe An forest fire

Update: July, 02/2015 - 12:30
By 3am today, the fire, which destroyed 5ha of pine forest Nghe An Province's Yen Thanh district, was under control. — Photo

NGHE AN (VNS) — Hundreds of people were sent to control a fire that broke out yesterday and destroyed more than 5ha of a pine forest in Nghe An Province's Yen Thanh district.

The fire broke out at 8pm yesterday in the central province's Cong Thanh Commune's Cao Son hamlet.

A local resident said several people in the village heard an explosion from the pine forest at the time, and saw huge flames on a hill about 300m from the residential area.

Authorities, residents and firefighters raced to control the fire. However,

it was difficult to stamp it out due to the hot weather of more than 40 degrees Celsius, strong dry winds and darkness.

The authorities asked soldiers, police, the provincial firefighting force and residents in the area to help prevent the fire from spreading to other areas.

By 3am today, the fire was under control but the cause of the fire has not been identified yet. — VNS

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