The southern province of Tay Ninh has put five areas on high fire alert as long-lasting heat threatens the locality’s 60,000 hectares of forests.

The warned areas include “khop” forests along road No. 791 from Border Station 833 in Tan Binh commune to the Xa Mat international border gate along the Vietnam-Cambodia border line; the Chang Riec historical-cultural forest; the forests on either side of road No. 792 along the Vietnam-Cambodia border; planted forests in Tan Thanh and Tan Hoa communes; and Ba Den Mountain.

Additionally, Tay Ninh is focused on protecting more than 5,300 hectares of artificial forests in Chau Thanh, Ben Cau, and Duong Minh Chau districts located near residential areas.

It also assigns officers and locals to monitor the forests around the clock.

According to Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Ta Van Dao, no fires have been recorded so far this year thanks to well-organised and executed preparations and precautions.-VNA