Hot weather and dry conditions have put over 14,000ha of U Minh Ha Forest, in the Cuu Long ( Mekong ) Delta at a heightened risk of fire.

Since February of this year, 12 forest fires have occurred in southernmost Ca Mau province which destroyed three hectares of forests.

Some of the cases were triggered by residents using fire to exploit bee’s honey.

The local authorities have also completed 74 barrages for reserving water, and preventing forest fires.-VNA