Stronger actions needed to prevent wildfires hinh anh 1A fire lookout tower in the Lung Ngoc Hoang Nature Reserve in Phung Hiep district, the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Department of Forestry Management has ordered stronger measures in forest fire prevention and fighting be taken by localities.

In a recent notice, the Department asked forest management sub-departments in centrally-run cities and provinces to continue consulting with authorities in this regard, in line with instructions from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Prevention and fighting plans at all levels must be supervised closely and areas prone to forest fires must be identified for better resource allocation, the department said.

District forest rangers will instruct forest owners on staying updated on warnings of blazes through to ensure early detection and to seriously observe regulations after spotting fires.

Relevant agencies will work around the clock in areas vulnerable to fires and the Department has urged that “fuel” for fires be removed and firefighting facilities upgraded.

The department also requested forest rangers, police, and the army coordinate in forestry and wildfire protection and fire prevention and fighting.

Central provinces such as Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, and Dak Lak in the Central Highlands, and certain localities in the south and the Mekong Delta are particularly prone to wildfires, the department warned./.