HA NOI - Prolonged droughts had put 16 provinces nationwide on level five forest fire alert, the highest warning level, warned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Department of Forest Management.
Southern Tay Ninh and Long An provinces and the Central Highlands Dak Nong Province were at a particularly high risk, according to the department.
Additionally, ten other provinces have been listed at level four warning levels.
The Central Steering Committee for Forest Fire Prevention and Fighting has instructed People's Committees and forest owners in these localities to immediately take preventive measures. - VNS