NGHE An — A fire destroyed more than 90 hectares of a forest yesterday in the Nam Loc Commune, Nam Dan District, in the central Nghe An Province.
The district People’s Committee vice chairman Le Khanh Hoa said that the fire reportedly broke out in a pine forest in the Thien Nhan Mountain in Nam Loc Commune at around 11.30 am yesterday. It then spread to the keo (acacia auriculiformis) and eucalyptus forests.
The fire was extinguished around 8 am today.
Hoa said that the heat wave and strong winds made firefighting difficult. One person was injured when the fire was being extinguished.
The local authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.
According to the Forest Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the risk of forest fires has increased in the central provinces.
The provinces which are reported to be facing the highest risk of forest fires are Binh Dinh, Ha Tinh, Ninh Thuan, Quang Binh, Quang Ngai, Da Nang in the central and the northern Lao Cai Province.