Vietnam — Widespread scorching sun has not only stirred up the life of people in central Vietnam, but has also caused high threats of forest fires.
A pine forest in the central province of Nghe An caught fire on the afternoon of May 1. The fire was detected in the afternoon, but it wasnt until evening when local forest rangers and people could arrive at the fire site, because they had to walk for over five kilometers. The weather was very hot so it was hard to stamp out the fire.
Anti-fire forces chopped off trees around the fire to prevent it from expanding. The fire was extinguished by 5.30am of May 2.
Hot weather, with highest temperature at noon measured at 40-42 degrees Celsius, has put central forest on red alert. The forests in two districts of Quy Chau and Que Phong of Nghe An province are now at the fifth level – the highest level of danger. If fire occurs, it will expand very rapidly.
Forest in other districts in Nghe An are also at the fourth level of alarm.
The Central Anti-Forest Fire Committee has requested central provinces to take urgent measures to prevent forest fires.
According to the National Hydro-meteorology Center, the ongoing scorching hot spell will last until May 4-5.
In related news, around 3 hectares of a pine forest in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue was burned down on April 30, when four bombs exploded.
According to local people, the four phosphorous bombs exploded because of hot weather. The fire was stamped our after several hours.