Lopburi’s army aviation centre sends planes to help spot fires

CityNews – 20th February 2020, the northern fire prevention command centre along with the Phu Ping Fire Control Station and Lopburi’s army aviation centre set to the skies to find hot spots in Hang Dong, Sanpatong, Doi Lor, Mae Wang, Baan Hong, Hod and Chomthong Districts of Chiang Mai.

Training Cessna T-41 Mescalero aircrafts were sent up from Lopburi Province to help find fires. With a flying distance of 700 kilometres at 16,500 feet over four hours, it is hoped that it can then alert the command centre to forest fires, allowing for quick dispatching of helicopters to take water to release onto the flames. It has so far been found that there is much smoke in Chomthong and Hod which has led to low visibility for the planes.