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Chiang Rai’s Forestry Officials Look to Use Smart Phone Tracking System for Brush Fires



wild fires have reportedly damaged 5,694 rai of forestland

Wild fires reportedly damaged 5,694 rai of forestland in Chiang Rai last year



CHIANG RAI – The Forestry Department’s Regional Office 15, Director Mr. Niphon Chamnongsirisak and Asst Prof Udom Suthakham, vice president of Lanna Rajamangala University in Chiang Rai province, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the project to build a network for the preventing and monitoring of brush-fires in five communities in the province with the use of a smart phone tracking system.

Director Mr. Niphon Chamnongsirisak said Chiang Rai was among the first few provinces where research was conducted on ways and means to stop brush-fires under support of Lanna Rajamangala University and via cellphone application.

If a brush-fire occurs in a specific area in Chiang Rai Province, firefighting units will get to the scene faster after being alerted through the mobile application with the use of NASA satellites and Google Earth.

By  Supawadee Wangsri

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