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Dak Nong's forest at risk of wildfire

Update: November, 10/2015 - 09:21
Forest ranger and residents practise to fight forest fire in Dak Nong Central ighland Province. As many as 126,000ha of forest in the province are at risk of fire, concentrating in the districts of Dak G'Long, Tuy Duc, Dak R'Lap. — Photo

DAK NONG (VNS) — As many as 126,000ha of forest in the Central Highland province of Dak Nong are at risk of fire, concentrating in the districts of Dak G'Long, Tuy Duc, Dak R'Lap, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Department said it was working with relevant agencies to focus on forest fire prevention and fighting.

It warned that special concern should be paid to this activity since this dry season came earlier than usual and was predicted to be more severe since Dak Nong province has nearly 254,000ha of forested land, including more than 220,000ha of natural forests.

Forest fighting has met difficulties due to the fact that forests are widely dispersed all over the province and many areas are in complex terrain.

Migrants from other regions have also destroyed the forest and living near the forest has also intensified the fire risk.

To cope with the situation, the province has set up more than 103 steering committees for forest fire prevention and fighting at localities including those with large areas of forest with high risk, forestry companies, conservation centres and non-state companies.

It has also established 115 forest fire prevention and fighting teams from provincial to grassroots level to enhance the sense of vigilance on forest fire prevention as well as timely responses when incidents occur.

In order to improve the effectiveness of forest fire protection in 2015 to 2016 dry season, the province has installed thousands of fire warnings and forest fire forecast billboards at areas with high risk of fire.

Inspection teams from Forest Management Unit will co-ordinate with localities to supervise the forest owners in their implementation of regulations on forest fire prevention. They will also intensify their communication so that more and more people understand about the importance of the activity.

Nguyen Ngoc Tai, head of Dak Nong Forest Management Unit, said organisations and individuals that violated the regulations on forest fire prevention would be strictly punished.

The unit has coordinated with local authorities to strengthen monitoring in key areas, especially in the peak month of the dry season, namely January, February and March of next year. — VNS

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