Forests in Gia Lai province's Mang Yang district (Photo: VNA) Lam Dong (VNS/VNA) – Local authorities in the Central Highlands region have taken measures to prevent forest fires in the ongoing dry season. Forests in the region, which includes the provinces of Lam Dong, Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Dak Nong, face a high fire risk because of hot weather. At the beginning of the dry season, the provinces instructed localities to establish fire-prevention plans and strictly implement them in the dry season. In Dak Nong province, the Forest Protection Sub-department in September last year instructed localities and forest owners to set up prevention plans. The sub-department has organised forest fire prevention drills and more inspections. Dak Nong has 125,000ha of forests, including 78,300ha of natural forest and 46,700ha of manmade forests in danger of high fire risk, according to the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. In the dry season , which lasts between November and April, local farmers clear their fields by burning, which can cause fires to break out in forests near the fields. Le Quang Dan, deputy director of the department, said the province's forests have a thick layer of vegetation covering the ground and many forests are pine and bamboo forests, which… Read full this story
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