|The smoke billows from the forest fire in the northen province of Quảng Ninh on Sunday. - VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NINH — A fire broke out at the casuarina forest and quickly spread to the special-use pine forest nearby at noon Sunday, resulting in the destruction of 2ha of forest land.
Fortunately, no casualty was reported.
According to The Voice of Việt Nam online newspaper, a tourist visiting the Lôi Âm temple, situated in Đại Yên Ward, Quảng Yên Town, detected the fire in the forest area behind the temple.
Đinh Xuân Bền, vice chairman of Đại Yên Ward People’s Committee, said some 150 personnel from firefighting police units, Naval Brigade 17 and the local militia, were mobilised to the site.
The fire occurred on the hillside far away from the city, making it difficult for fire trucks to access the site. Firefighters had to resort to using handheld devices such as blowers and were forced to clear out the vegetation surrounding the site to keep the fire in check.
Until 7pm, the fire had been partly controlled but was still not completely contained despite the best efforts of the personnel.
A week ago, provincial rangers had raised the risks of wildfire in the northern province to Level V – signifying elevated risks – including the Quảng Yên area. — VNS