Ha Noi, (VNA) The Rangers’ Department has over the past two years built a forest fire warning system and applied information technology imaging spectroradiometer in detecting fires nationwide.
The department is conducting a project to apply satellite images and build a MODIS Rapid Response System to control forest fires with an investment capital of 500,000 USD, reported the department at a conference on the protection of forests in Ha Noi on Saturday and Sunday.
In the 2003-04 dry season (from November 2003 to April 2004), 1,174 forest fires occurred nationwide, damaging nearly 5,200 ha of forests, year-on-year increases of 8 percent and 18 percent, respectively, over the previous season.
Kien Giang, Long An, Binh Phuoc, Dien Bien, Kon Tum, Thua Thien-Hue, Ninh Thuan, Quang Ninh, Lam Dong and Lai Chau were the hardest-hit provinces, with a total damaged area of 3,850 ha.
The ranger forces in provinces have mobilised 25,000 people to control and prevent forest fires.
The Rangers Department asked localities to enhance forest protection and fire prevention as prolonged droughts continue this year.-Enditem