Fire destroys central Vietnam forest

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Several dozen hectares of trees have been destroyed in a fire that broke out at the Nam Hai Van Forest in the central city of Da Nang on Wednesday (May 2).

Nguyen Huu Thiet, deputy chairman of Da Nang People's Committee, said the fire was first detected at around 2:30 p.m.

A force of more than 500 people including firemen, border guards, park rangers and militiamen was mobilized to extinguish the fire. However, since there is no road for fire trucks, they had to walk for two hours before reaching the place.

Thiet said about 17 hectares of forest with 20-year-old trees had been destroyed as of 8 p.m. on Wednesday and the fire continued to spread to an area near Thua Thien-Hue Province.

He said it had taken three days to put out an earlier forest fire in the area in 2006.

Meanwhile, news website VnExpress quoted park ranger Phan Thanh Chung as saying that about 50 hectares of forest have been burned down. He said it was difficult to fight the fire on slopes at an altitude of 300 meters above sea level where there are strong winds.

Da Nang forest rangers have asked for help from their colleagues in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

The cause of the forest fire remains unknown.

The Forest Protection Department has warned against risks of forest fire due to hot weather in northern and central regions over the past several days, with forests in Lao Cai and Nghe An provinces put on high alert.

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