Military deployed to firewatch duty in forest fire zones

Military deployed to firewatch duty in forest fire zones

28 March 2008

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Thailand — The Third Army Area Command will deploy soldiers to monitor forest areas in Thailand’s northern region to prevent forest fires.

Third Army Commander Lt-Gen. Samroeng Siwadamrong and the governors of eight northern provinces held a meeting on Friday to discuss measures to prevent the forest fires from worsening the haze in the area.
Gen. Samroeng said that the army will deploy soldiers at inspection areas in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and that the military will conduct aerial surveillance continuously to track and pinpoint any fires which might occur.

Legal action will be taken against local residents who light fires to burn any forest area.

Meanwhile, in Chiang Rai municipality, the level of particulate dust smaller than 10 microns was measured at 95.8 microgrammes per cubic metre (mg/cm), 7.8 mg/cm higher than Thursday.

Although air quality had yet to reached the danger level of 120 mg./cm or higher, the level of dust particles might rise if there was still no rain.

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