Seasonal forest fires bring airborne-dust particles to Chiang Mai

Seasonal forest fires bring airborne-dust particles to Chiang Mai

24 March 2008

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Thailand — Forest fires in Thailand’s northern borders with Myanmar have caused high levels of air-borne particulate dust particles in the northern province of Chiang Mai, with the level of the airborne irratants well above safety standards in many areas.
Smog has covered the province, and the regional environment office is reporting dust particle higher than the safety level in three locations.

Protected Area Administration Office director Preecha Waleephitakdej said that the increased levels of smoke and dust was caused by high pressure weather-systems and forest fires near the Myanmar-Thailand border in Mae Hong Son.

Officials were dispatched to put out the fire in two districts.

In the municipality, officials sprayed water on roads around the moat to reduce the amount of dust particles.

Meanwhile, the local public health office issued an announcement to warn people to refrain from exercising or any unnecessary activities outdoors, particularly patients with respiratory illnesses, children, and the elderly.

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