A man in the central province of Ha Tinh has just been arrested and prosecuted for causing a large forest fire which has ravaged the area for three days.
Phan Dinh Thanh at the police station
Police in Nghi Xuan District announced on July 1 that they had arrested and prosecuted Phan Dinh Thanh, 46, for violating fire fighting and prevention regulations.
According to police reports, on the afternoon of June 28, Thanh gathered rubbish in his garden which lies near a pine forest and lit a fire.
Due to the hot weather and strong wind, the fire spread all over his garden and out to the nearby forest. Thanh called other people to help put out the fire but failed.
Despite efforts from fire police and other rescue forces and local people, the fire continued to spread and burned down over 50 hectares of forest in three days. Dtinews
Fifteen forest fires were recorded from June 26-30, ravaging over 100 ha of forest, according to the Vietnam Administration of Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)
Wildfire in Ha Tinh Province in central Vietnam broke out again at 10 pm on June 30.
Hundreds of households have been evacuated after fires broke out at forests in some central provinces.