Fire destroys central Vietnam forest

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A fire triggered by prolonged dry weather and high temperatures burnt down 13.5 hectares of forest in the central province of Thanh Hoa this weekend.
 
The fire began Friday and was extinguished on Saturday, said Ho Quang Khai, deputy head of Thanh Hoa Forest Ranger Bureau.

He said the blaze did not cause serious losses as the forest in Tam Chung Commune was undernourished. However, fire fighters found it hard to control the fire which spread quickly.

Khai also reported that forest fires from Laos' Houaphan Province spread to Tam Chung and the neighboring commune of Pu Nhi March 2-4, destroying some forest areas.

In the northern province of Lao Cai, deputy chairman of the provincial People's Committee Le Trong Quang said Saturday that two currently-raging fires in Ho Be and Nam Chan forest areas were now under control and would not spread to Hoang Lien National Park.

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