HQs set for dealing with hard-to access mountain fires

 | Fri 28 Feb 2020 13:12 ICT

CityNews – An urgent priority is to extinguish fires in Chiang Dao, as they have been spreading alarmingly, according to the governor’s office. Meetings have been held and duties assigned to combat high terrain fires, which tend to be hard to extinguish due to lack of access.

The past several days have seen an increase in forest fires in areas which are virtually impossible to reach and control. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment sent a helicopter with personnel to help quell the fire. In addition, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation will send helicopters and personnel to support forest fire extinguishing as soon as possible.

At the same time, Chiang Mai Governor Charoenrit Sanguansat, directed all districts to survey risky areas and high mountainous terrain. Bases of operations in high-risk areas have been set up with the help of park leaders and units in various areas. Forest park officers, soldiers, police, volunteers with firefighting equipment and suppliers of food and other necessities are ready to work 24 hours, and will be coordinated for maximum efficiency. The aim is for quick action and strong support systems so that authorities can respond immediately to any problem.