Haze-choked Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai seal off forests

Satellite image of Southeast Asian haze

Satellite image of Southeast Asian haze. Photo: NASA image by Adam Voiland (NASA Earth Observatory) and Jeff Schmaltz (LANCE MODIS Rapid Response).

Mae Hong Son’s decision to bar entry to woodlands in a bid to curb forest fires and haze does not apply to local people who daily forage there for food and other necessities villagers, Deputy Governor Prachuap Ajarapong clarified on Monday.

Even locals would be checked to make sure they weren’t carrying matches or similar kindling materials, he said, but the forests are chiefly off-limits to hunters and other outsiders.

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By Tossapol Boonpat
The Nation

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