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    Officials put out forest fires in national park in Chiang Mai

    CHIANGMAI(NNT) - The Governor of Chiang Mai, Charoenrit Sanguansat, said today that officials from many sectors have been working together to put out forest fires in Doi Suthep - Pui National Park. Surveillance units have been monitoring the forest area closely to ensure a prompt response to any outbreak.


    Forest fires had been burning in Doi Suthep - Pui National Park for over a week, damaging more than 2,500 rai of land. The Chiang Mai Governor said all forest fires had now been extinguished, but officials are building firebreaks, while making sure that no new blazes break out in the national park. If a fire occurs again, firefighters will be able to put it out immediately. Firm measures have been taken in nearby villages to prevent the residents from burning forest land.


    The local authorities have also tightened measures to monitor people people entering and leaving Doi Suthep - Pui National Park. A fourth command center was set up to address dust particles in Chiang Mai province. Located at Bhubing police station, it is responsible for prosecuting those who set fires in Doi Suthep - Pui National Park.


    In the North, levels of particulate matter of 25 microns or less in diameter (PM2.5) measured between 47 and 251 micrograms per cubic meter in the air. Chiang Dao district of Chiang mai province recorded the highest level. Fine dust pollution reached unhealthy levels in eight provinces: Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Phrae, Nan, Phayao, Sukhothai and Kamphaeng Phet. Westerly and southerly winds were blowing smog into several border provinces. More hotspots were reported in the nine upper northern provinces. There were 2,444 hotspots in total, with 518 hotspots in Chiang Mai, 411 in Tak, 405 in Nan and 273 in Chiang Rai.


    National News Bureau Of Thailand

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    Now that a famous place has been hit with fire, Will the authorities get serious about arsonists?
    As they can't monitor every acres of forest areas, logic should push the authorities to address the root of the problem, field clearing and mushroom businesses. Easy to identify which field has been cleared, and ban export and domestic sale of the mushrooms ... But here logic and common sens don't necessarily prevail unfortunately.

    To push the idea further, they could build more mansions there as there is no protected forest anymore...the Suthep scare (housing for justice ministry officials) has been demolished yet?

    I saw a FB post on how authorities struggle to stop this fire, asking for help ...the OP has been asked to remove his post because it show locals authorities in a bad light.
    Last edited by Farang Ky Ay; 09-04-2020 at 06:11 PM. Reason: typo and FB post point

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    When traveling to the mountains in Chiang Mai last year, there were many fires burning, looked like for no reason with no one in attendance, then they complain about the smoke.

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