The Steering Committee for Forest Fire Prevention has asked localities in the southern province of Dong Nai, which is facing high risk of forest fires, to take measures against the situation, especially in the 2014 dry season.

Five districts throughout the province are listed as being under dire threat of forest fires: Long Thanh, Nhon Trach, Xuan Loc, Tan Phu and Dinh Quan. Meanwhile, fires have already flared up in many forests in the three districts of Trang Bom, Thong Nhat and Long Khanh.

In the southernmost province of Ca Mau, almost 1,000 ha of cajeput forest in U Minh Ha National Park has been put on high alert as the fire risk has skyrocketed.

Prolonged dry weather and sunshine create drought in forests, attributed as the main cause of forest fires in the locality.

To cope with the risk and effectively put out fires if they break out, Dong Nai and Ca Mau have invested a large amount of money to equip fire fighters and build water storing zones for extinguishing blazes.

Fire watch teams and emergency response units have been arranged at forests of the two localities to keep track of potential forest fire areas and detect fire outbreaks swiftly, thus stopping them going out of control.

Their local authorities also focused on teaching local people the procedures they need to stop fires spreading.

The management board of the U Minh Ha National Park also banned local people from starting fires in wooded land areas.-VNA