Fire sparked by tomb visitors threatens homes, protective forest

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Yet another fire set off by people burning incense and votive paper at a local graveyard has destroyed 20 hectares of a 30 hectare eucalytpus plantation of three-year old trees in Da Nang city.

The fire which broke out Saturday was still raging as of Sunday evening, posing a threat to residents living near a protective forest.

The fire started in the buffer zone of Nam Hai Van protective forest in Lien Chieu District, said Phan Van Khiem, who owns the plantation.

Many people on Sunday morning tried to stop the fire with their hands and canes as two fire trucks were only sent to the site in the afternoon. Wind and heat plus a lot of creepers and bushes also made the fire hard to put out.

According to local officials, some graveyard visitors started the fire after burning votive paper and lighting incense sticks on Saturday evening.

Early last month, a fire caused by similar acts had burned down five hectares of forest in the city.

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