Tay Ninh Province placed on forest fire alert

Update: February, 15/2014 - 09:25

TAY NINH (VNS)— Nearly 60,000 hectares of forests in the southern province of Tay Ninh have been placed on alert due to the risk of forest fires as the dry season reaches its peak there.

According to Tay Ninh's Department of Forest Management, the locality has been undertaking drastic measures, such as building a 92-km fire belt and intensifying around-the-clock patrols, in a bid to head off possible fires.

Also, local residents were discouraged from going into the forests to gather wood at this time.

The 60,000-ha forest is located along the border with Cambodia and the southern province of Binh Phuoc, which is at high risk for wildfires, according to the local Department of Forest Management.

In 2013, nearly 250 fires were reported across the country, destroying 965ha of forests. No casualties were reported. — VNS