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Firefighters on alert as blaze endangers villages north of Phuket

PHUKET: Firefighters at Thai Mueang in Phang Nga province, north of Phuket, are on alert after a wildfire raged for two days before being brought under control as it came within 800 metres of a village.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Monday 4 April 2016, 01:49PM


Disaster officials became aware of the fire on Saturday, Orathai Giasakul, Chief Executive of the Thai Mueang Municipality, told The Phuket News today (April 4).

“Right now, we have three fire teams on standby just in case,” she said.

“We are keeping a close watch on the area and are co-ordinating with officers from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and the District Office.”

Firefighters struggled to contain the blaze on Saturday, and had masks issued to villagers in Moo 5 and Moo 9, Ms Orathai explained

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“They fought the fire until midnight, and thought that they had put it out – but it came back on Sunday,” she said.

Although the flames came within 800 metres of the two villages, residents were warned of the impending fire, but were not asked to evacuate their homes, Ms Orathai added.

“About 500 rai of land was razed by the fire, including about 220 rai in Khao Lampi–Hat Thai Mueang National Park,” she said.

“No villagers were affected by the smoke, and Thai Mueang Police are currently investigating what caused the fire,” Ms Orathai added.

 

 

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Joe12 | 09 April 2016 - 16:30:24

Kurt...Perhaps you too should do a bit more research.  You state: "Helicopter fire watch...would prevent a lot." I gave you the exercise to show why that wouldn't happen ie an exercise in management. 

The smoke you speak of comes from out of control fires in Indonesia.

As for Chiang Mai check the amount of forest fires there and the fires from Indonesia, that affect all of the ...

Kurt | 08 April 2016 - 10:59:42

Joe12 is quite a google tiger.
Comparing Chiang Mai with Phuket, is like the well known apples and pears. 
Are sure the ChiangMai figures are outdated, seen the yearly long period of illegal forest fires, sett by local farmers.
The air polution is than so bad that last month more than 64,000 local people where sick, many hospitalized.( thai press)
ChiangMai airport is sometimes closed due to v...

Joe12 | 07 April 2016 - 21:23:45

Kurt...Phuket has a total area of 54,578.00 hectares of which approx. 5,838 hectares are in forest. Compare that with say Chiang Mai that is 2,212,266.00 hectares of which 1,646,842.17 hectares is forest. As a managerial exercise, if you were the Minister in charge of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department seeking funding for your department and competing with other ministers ho...

Jome | 07 April 2016 - 08:45:00

How long do you stay here?????You should know that there is nothing like "preventive work or anticipation".....They will be shocked and surprised if the monsoon comes.....again...

Kurt | 06 April 2016 - 21:19:12

...stegee.   I was asking questions. Right?
Last year these works were not done in time..
Flooding everywhere and clearing could not be done because of the water overflow.
Phuket authorities promised last year to do it this year before the monsoon rain starts.

stegee | 06 April 2016 - 16:38:21

@kurt... i'm sure you've heard the expression: 
"if you don't like it- you know where the airport is. . . "

Kurt | 06 April 2016 - 11:58:46

The last few days it looks like the monsoon rain is coming soon.
Did the Phuket authorities anticipate on that?
Are the ditches, road water holes, and water pipe lines already cleaned to make sure it doesn\'t block rainwater streams?

So far I didn\'t see people doing this preventive works yet.

Kurt | 05 April 2016 - 19:00:44

Every fire starts small!
Helicopter fire watch and Rangers patrolling forest areas would prevent a lot.

Now 500 rai of land razed by fire.

\"everything is well under control\". Yes, yes, the joke of the day.

Richard Vickers | 05 April 2016 - 14:17:38

Oh yeah Kurt, Thailand is real big on planning and proactive measures... !!!NOT!!! Frankly, I am amazed that more fires don't rage out of control here, since burning shit seems to be a national pastime. Like most bad practices here on Phuket, and throughout Thailand I suppose, there are laws that prohibit burning, but there is absolutely no enforcement of it.  The only way to get Thais to foll...

Joe12 | 04 April 2016 - 21:15:18

Kurt...everything is well under control...just make some enquiries.

Kurt | 04 April 2016 - 14:31:26

As I wrote previously. Phuket is not prepared for large fire break outs.
There is no helicopter fire watch over Phuket, and the Phuket mountains ( Pearl of Andaman) can't be reached by fire fighting trucks.
So, what are the Phuket authorities doing this very moment to keep Phuket guarded and safe?
Any proactive advance doings? Love to hear that.

Please, no paperwork/committee stuff, ok? ...

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