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Midnight forest fire consumes one hectare of pine forest in Vietnam

Midnight forest fire consumes one hectare of pine forest in Vietnam

Monday, July 05, 2021, 14:52 GMT+7
Midnight forest fire consumes one hectare of pine forest in Vietnam
An officer uses a leaf blower to quell a forest fire in Can Loc District, Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam, July 4, 2021. Photo: Minh Dat / Tuoi Tre

Over 400 responders were mobilized to quell a sweeping forest fire that transpired in Vietnam's Ha Tinh Province on the weekend.

The incident took place around 00:00 am on Sunday in the pine forest of Can Loc District in the north-central province, according to Bui Huy Cuong, chairman of the Can Lo People’s Committee. 

A 400-strong cohort, consisting of police of Can Loc District, local guards, forest rangers, and other relevant forces, was promptly sent to the scene to curb the fire. 

Their effort, however, was slower than expected as the steep slope of the pine hills hindered their movement, plus heavy wind that further spread the fire. 

They managed to fight off the flames using tree branches and dozens of leaf blowers. 

As of 1:30 am on Sunday, the blaze was completely tamed after ravaging an area of one hectare in the pine forest.

On June 28, another fire in the forest of Can Loc District also took place, burning down one hectare of eucalyptus wood and required a force of 200 people to extinguish it. 

The flames were assumed to have come from fire used by honey foragers to smoke out beehives in the forest. 

As central Vietnam enters the dry season, heatwaves have been scorching the local provinces, resulting in high temperatures and an absence of rain, which in turn entails a high risk of forest fires.

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