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Several wildfires have broken out in Mae Hong Son’s Pai district in Northern Thailand. The governor says he believes that several blazes happening in the area are a result of the dry season arriving earlier than usual.

Using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer system, the local forest fire control centre detected 155 so-called “heat points” in the Pai district from January 1 to 12. Last year’s dry season only 96 heat points were detected.

There are no reports of property damages, injuries, or deaths.

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    albert

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:03 am

    So, you want that we all believe that 155 fires turned on by themselves? ahahah Fanthaistic !!

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    Issan John

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Sadly, starting forest fires is what some consider “fun”, rather like killing yourself with drugs.

    There was an excellent campaign against starting forest fires three or four years that had a really marked effect, not just locally but nationally, but it was never kept up.

    Disappointing.

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