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Fire stamped out in national park “buffer zone”

In Politics-Society on February 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

Fire stamped out in national park “buffer zone”

QĐND – Friday, February 26, 2010, 22:23 (GMT+7)

Around 3,000 sq.m of grassland at the buffer zone of the Phu Quoc National Park in Kien Giang province was burnt down on the evening of February 25, reported the park’s director Pham Quang Binh.

Binh said that the fire might have been caused by local people who burnt trees to expand their fields. Luckily, the fire was stamped out the same day.

He said that over 31,000ha of the core and 6000ha of the buffer zone are in serious drought, and are reaching the highest alarm level of fire.

The park currently has less than 50 staff, who have to take care of more than 31,000ha, so it has to cooperate with local armed forces, border guards and local people to patrol the forest 24 hours a day, every day of the week.

At the same time, the water level at the U Minh Thuong national park, also in Kien Giang is now at its  lowest level since the fire in 2002 and the threat of fire is also at very high level.

The park’s director, Le Hoang Huong, said that he would set up 2-3 more sentry-boxes in the park.

If drought continues, the park will close its door to tourists.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

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