War era bombs trigger wildfire, 100 hectares of forest destroyed

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A fierce fire triggered by a war-era bomb explosion in the central city of Da Nang was extinguished Thursday, more than ten hours after it broke out, leaving some 100 hectares of forests destroyed.

A VnExpress newswire report quoted Phan The Dung, chief of Lien Chieu District Forest Rangers, as saying that the hot weather Tuesday set off white phosphorous bombs in the Hai Van Forest, used by the US military forces during the Vietnam War as an airstrip.

The explosions led to the fire which took nearly 1,000 people including local firefighters and military forces to put out, Dung said, adding that during the process of firefighting, nearly 10 bombs had exploded.

He said besides the exploding ordnances, firefighters also faced difficulties caused by the mountainous topography of the area.

The destroyed area included primeval forests, Dung said.

Earlier on Monday, another wildfire was triggered when three war-era bombs exploded in the central province of Thua Thien Hue and destroyed more than five hectares of forests.

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