Thailand all out to prevent recurrence of bushfires

18 February 2020

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THAILAND – BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): Staff at Phu Kradueng National Park in Loei province are working around the clock to build additional firebreaks to prevent the recurrence of bushfires, as the dry season approaches.

On Tuesday (Feb 18), Phu Kradueng National Park officials told the press that although they had contained the bushfire that started on Sunday (Feb 16) and damaged over 3,400 rai (544ha) of national park forests, they still need to build additional firebreaks to prevent a recurrence of fire, which is more likely during the dry season.

“Currently, we have only one tractor truck to build the firebreaks, ” one of the staff said.

“It has been working around the clock for two straight days and the engine is not in very good condition.”

Park officials said that they have an additional truck at the Wildfire Extinguishment Unit, but transporting the vehicle to the site of the fire would require a helicopter, which they do not have.

“In a worst-case scenario, we may have to disassemble the truck and carry the parts by foot, which could take at least two days.”

The Region 10 Environmental Office reported that the Feb 16 bushfire in Phu Kradueng had damaged at least 3,400 rai of the national park’s pine forest and grassfields, including a 100-year-old iconic pine tree. – The Nation/Asia News Network

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