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Lai Chau: 56 sites on forest fire alert

Update: February, 15/2016 - 17:00
Men are trying to put out a forest fire in Lai Chau Province. — Photo

LAI CHAU (VNS) — The northern mountainous province of Lai Chau is on high alert against forest fires at 56 sites in four districts of Than Uyen, Tan Uyen, Tam Duong and Phong Tho.

Nhu Van Cuong, deputy head of Forest Management Department, said the districts had large areas of forest located in Hoang Lien Son Mountain, and therefore, it suffered from strong winds that often resulted in fires .

The provincial administration has set up inspection teams to supervise and help locals to prevent forest fires, he said.

The local forest rangers were also assigned to be on duty 24 hours a day at the sites with high-alert of forest fire, he said.

Statistics from the provincial forest management department showed that eight forest fires, destroying over 15 hectares (ha), were reported to have occurred in the province last year.

The forest area which was destroyed last year was estimated to be 163ha lower than in 2014. — VNS

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