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Binh Thuan (VNA) – Over 150,000 hectares of forests in the south central coastal province of Binh Thuan are now on high alert for fires as it is in the peak of the dry season, according to the provincial Forestry Management Department on February 27.

Heat waves put forests in Tuy Phong, Bac Binh, Ham Thuan Nam, Ham Thuan Bac, Ham Tan districts, La Gi township, Phan Thiet City in a high fire alert.

The province, where the lowest rainfall is recorded in the country, has over 370 hectares of forests.

According to the agency, numerous preventive measures have been taken in each locality and by all relevant bodies during the dry season, which begins in November and ends in April every year.

Forest protection teams have been set up at all levels, involving more than 1,000 people, while 150 forest rangers have been trained on forest fire prevention.

Besides, numerous works serving forest fire prevention were put into operation, including two fire monitoring towers in nature reserve zones.

Local households living near the Ta Cu nature reserve in Ham Thuan Nam district have been encouraged to join fire prevention and control.

The Ta Cu nature reserve management unit also joined hands with the Ta Cu cable network and ecotourism zone in protecting the forests.

Communications, supervision and patrol work have been intensified around the clock to prevent forest fires.- VNA