|An observation tower to spot fires at the Lò Gò-Xa Mát National Park in the south-eastern province of Tây Ninh. — Photo baotayninh.vn |Viet Nam News
TÂY NINH — More than 50,000ha of protective and special-use forests in the south-eastern province of Tây Ninh face the risk of fire due to the prolonged hot, dry weather.
To prevent forest fires, the local Forest Plan and Development Steering Committee is closely monitoring large tracts in high-risk areas.
The high-risk areas include Chàng Riệc special-use forest, Dầu Tiếng protective forest, Lò Gò-Xa Mát National Park and Núi Bà historical forest.
The steering committee has called on district authorities to strengthen their capacity to promptly tackle unexpected blazes.
According to forest managers, firefighting forces are well prepared with tractors, hoses and other devices and have built reservoirs and firebreaks to combat fires.
The Dầu Tiếng protective forest management has asked for funds to build two more observation towers at important areas with a complex terrain and farmlands.
Last year there were 20 fires which damaged more than 60ha of natural and man-made forests, mainly in Dầu Tiếng, according to the local Sub-department of Forest Protection.
Forty six other fires also destroyed 140ha of reforested areas. — VNS