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Fire engulfs forests in Nghe An, Ha Tinh provinces

13:41 | 01/07/2020

Within just one day, two blazes broke out and devoured forests in the two central provinces of Ha Tinh and Nghe An that disrupted locals' life. The sudden incidents have basically under control after two days and nights of relentless distinguishing efforts since earlier this week. 

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Fire engulfs Nghe An forests (Video: Dan Tri)


Wildfire in Ha Tinh province

A fire broke out at around 4 pm June 29 in An Phu commune, Vu Quang district, Ha Tinh province, central Vietnam then quickly spread to the nearby forest area in Son Long and Son Tra communes.

Over 400 people, including police, soldiers, local residents, forest rangers were deployed to prevent the fire from spanning out in the middle of the night.

The complex terrain and thick vegetation enabled the fire to spread very speedily, making it more difficult for the firefighters to control the fire.

According to the Forest Protection Department of Huong Son district, the initial fire was caused by some locals who burnt incense and offerings at the Vu Quang Cemetery. The sparks were blown away across a long distance to the Son Tra commune and caused the fire.

As of June 30 morning, the fire was partly under control.

fire engulfs forests in nghe an ha tinh provinces
The fire engulfs the entire forest area (Photo: Dan Tri)
fire engulfs forests in nghe an ha tinh provinces

The initial fire was caused by some locals who burnt incense and offerings at the Vu Quang Cemetery.

(Photo: Dan Tri)

fire engulfs forests in nghe an ha tinh provinces
The fire in Ha Tinh province (Photo: Dan Tri)
fire engulfs forests in nghe an ha tinh provinces
Over 400 people were deployed to prevent the fire from spanning out in the middle of the night. (Photo: Dan Tri)
fire engulfs forests in nghe an ha tinh provinces
People worked overnight to control the fire (Photo: Dan Tri)

Another blaze engulfs a forest in Nghe An province

Also on June 29 morning, hours before the blaze gripped Ha Tinh province, another forest fire broke out in Nghe An province, central Vietnam.

The fire forced at least 200 households to evacuate, disrupted locals’ life. Over 2,000 people were sent to control the blaze. At 1 am, June 30, the fire was basically controlled, although there were still many smoldering spots remained.

Earlier, the central province of Nghe An also suffered another forest fire, which broke out on June 26 and spread to three other communes in Dien Chau, Nghi Loc and Yen Thanh districts. It was put under control on June 28 but broke out again.

fire engulfs forests in nghe an ha tinh provinces
The area where fires broke is home to many old pine trees of decades of age, with complex terrains, thick vegetation layers that are vulnerable to fire. (Photo: Dan Tri)
fire engulfs forests in nghe an ha tinh provinces
Within 4 days, Dien Chau district witnessed 4 fires, causing damage to over 70ha of pine, acacia, and melaleuca forests. About 30ha of old pine forests is considered the heaviest damage (Photo: Dan Tri)
fire engulfs forests in nghe an ha tinh provinces
During this time, functional forces repeatedly controlled the fire. However, due to the hot weather, the fire broke out again many times in small spots. (Photo: Dan Tri)
fire engulfs forests in nghe an ha tinh provinces

Many households living at the foot of the forest have to evacuate (Photo: Dan Tri)

fire engulfs forests in nghe an ha tinh provinces
Many local people joined the fire extinguishing mission (Photo: Dan Tri)
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