NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 14 August 2012 (NNT) – In addition to heavy smog covering the South caused by Indonesia’s forest fires, fires in a peat swamp forest in Nakhon Si Thammarat province are still blazing, sending thick smoke billowing skyward.
Authorities are unable to contain the fires in the province’s Khuan Khreng peat swamp forest, which have destroyed over 10,000 rai of land in Cha-uat district. Due to the intensity of the blaze and strong winds fanning out the fire, firefighters can only attempt to put out the fire in the mornings and at nights.
The ongoing forest fire is reportedly taking a heavy toll on the local fishing business and the bulrush handicraft business in the nearby areas.
Nakhon Si Thammarat Forest Fire Control division chief, Suphachoke Prahmpoon, said he is leading an investigative team into the affected areas to inspect whether the swamp forest fire was started by human activities. The team consists of security personnel, police officers and soldiers from local agencies.
Meanwhile, grassland fires have grounded flights at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport yesterday as the thick smoke interfered with the flight operations.
Airlines have resumed services this morning after passengers and airport staff were transferred to Surat Thani airport yesterday.
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