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Forest Fire in Chiang Rai’s Mae Chan District Mostly Contained

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CHIANG RAI – Chiang Rai’s Deputy Governor Narong Rojjanasothorn has told a press briefing that the forest fire in Mae Chan District has been contained with most hot spots put out, leaving over 1000 Rai of burnt.

The battle against wildfires will continue elsewhere in Chiang Rai Province, with approximately 380 hotspots, Narong said after meeting with the Doi Jorakhe special coordination centre for fighting forest fires, located at Wat Pateung in Mae Chan district.
The Deputy Governor also called on people to watch out for those who were lighting the forest fires, so they can be punished. He also noted that Chiang Rai had not experienced extensive forest fires caused by human acts in the past two years.

Nearly 800 workers and volunteers along with 2 helicopters have struggled day and night to contain three of the five fires on Doi Jorakhe in Mae Chan District.

His Majesty the King had graciously seen to it that a mobile kitchen was dispatched from the 37th Military Circle to support the Doi Jorakhe forest firefighters, while members of the public also delivered drinking water and tools to aid the effort.

Chiang Rai still has 380 hotspots to douse, the deputy governor noted. They included Doi Kad Phee in tambon Wawi of Mae Suay district that had started on Tuesday night and spread to the three nearby tambons of Mae Suay, Mae Prik and Sri Tham.

Meanwhile, a 46-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon in tambon Por of Wiang Kaen district for alleged setting fire to the scrub on his farmland, which spread through 5 rai of forestland.

By Natthawat Laping