A fire gutted completely 10 hectares of planted forest in Quang Loi commune, Quang Dien district, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on July 7.

The forests, aged nearly 10 years old, were planted on sand.

Scorching weather and strong wind were attributed to the quick spread of the fire, said Le Truong Luu, Vice Chairman of the Thua Thien Hue People’s Committee.

According to local residents, the fire might be caused by human carelessness.

Central localities are facing a high risk of forest fire due to hot weather in the dry season, which normally lasts from May to August.

Last year, 250 fires occurred across the country, ruining 965ha of forest.-VNA