Wildfire fighting drill in Bac Lieu bird park (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Prolonged dry weather has raised the risk of forest fires to extremely high levels across the country, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department for Forest Protection.

Fire risks are especially high in the central region, the Central Highlands and southern provinces, which have seen little rainfall over recent months.

According to the department, the highest fire risks were in the provinces of Lam Dong, Tay Ninh, Khanh Khoa, Gia Lai, Dong Nai, An Giang, Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria Vung Tau, Ca Mau, Long An and Ninh Thuan.

The agency urged localities to implement preventive measures and be prepared to tackle forest fires by using on-site resources to ensure minimum damage.

Localities also need to increase patrols of the forests while instructing local residents to cultivate them in a safe manner.-VNA