Vietnam — The current prolonged hot and dry weather in the northern and central provinces has created a serious threat of forest fires across several provinces in the country, according to the Department of Forest Administration under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Forest fires due to dry heat conditions have in the past engulfed and devastated vast areas of forest and agricultural land across the country.
An estimated 30 hectares of forest in Hai Van Mountain Pass in Lien Chieu District of Da Nang City was destroyed by a blazing fire on May 2. The fire was brought under control after two days, on May 4.
Nearly 200,000 hectares of forest in Lao Cai Province is at high risk of a forest fire at the moment.
There were three forest fires in Lao Cai Province on April 40 and May 1, destroying 2.6 hectares of forest cover.
The forest fire in Bac Giang Province killed one person and destroyed about 5 hectares of 10-year-old trees, which included pine, acacia and sandal wood.
At present, Bac Giang, Cao Bang, Lao Cai, Nghe An and Son La Provinces are at extremely high risk of forest fires and 20 other provinces nationwide have been issued warnings.
The current heat wave is forecast to continue until Saturday, said the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre.
Temperatures have hovered around 40 degrees Celsius during the last few weeks affecting the daily lives of people, causing heat-related illnesses, increasing salinity in rivers, and creating a serious threat of forest fires across the country.