HCM City increases patrols after forest fire threat
A fire broke out across 40ha of pines in Ia Grai protective forest in Ia Chia Commune, Ia Grai District of Central Highlands province of Gia Lai in March. — VNA/VNS Photo Hồng Điệp
HCM CITY – Authorities, including local ones, need to increase patrolling and promote fire safety to ensure there are no major forest fires during the ongoing dry season, a meeting held to review forest protection and fire prevention heard in HCM City yesterday.
Lê Thanh Liêm, deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee, said: “Forest fires have a severe impact on daily life and the economy and environment.”
He instructed related authorities and districts to increase patrols and take severe action against anyone found violating forest protection laws.
“Districts, which have forests in small patches, must improve fire prevention.”
He said local authorities should liaise closely with households who have been allotted forests and take care of them, he added.
He instructed the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to enhance propaganda and education on forest protection and safety and forest fire prevention and fighting, and inform local residents about the level of fire threats for them to be prepared.
“Relevant authorities must regularly monitor individuals and organisations working in forests to ensure they follow fire safety regulations.
“The city Forest Rangers Sub-department should step up patrolling.”