Thailand — The lack of rainfall across the island in recent weeks has yet to prompt the authorities to issue a wildfire warning for Phuket, but they have called for people to be vigilant as a precaution.
We have not issued a fire warning as there are small packets of rain falling on scattered areas, Phuket Forest Protection and Fire Control Director Kejboon Leawtrakul told the Phuket Gazette.
However, there is a danger of forest fires if, for example, people drop cigarette stubs in drought-hit forest. Thats why we have been handing out leaflets at Khao Phra Thaeo National Park several times a week, he added.
People burning off garden cuttings, burning to clear land and pranksters were identified as other potential firestarters.
Forest fires can be very serious. Anyone who sees a forest wildfire is urged to call us immediately at 1362, Mr Kejboon added.