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Chiang Mai fires: "People's Army" mobilize to protect historic Doi Suthep temple

 

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Sanook reported that an army of members of the public were mobilized at the weekend after fires got dangerously close to the historic temple of Wat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai. 

 

Monks and novices at an international Dharma learning center behind the temple were spooked as the flames and sparks got very close on Sunday. 

 

More than 100 locals joined firefighters in helping to extinguish the fires. 

 

Sanook said they grabbed whatever they could - hoes, rakes and other tools were all used to beat back the flames and protect the monks and the temple. 

 

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After a two hour effort it was contained. 

 

Locals are in no doubt that the fires have been illegally set to burn old crop stubble, said the media. 

 

They have resulted in the northern Thai province having some of the worst air quality in the world in recent weeks, notes Thaivisa. 

 

Source: Sanook

 

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The air in Chiang Mai is just terrible can’t the government stop these crazy people from lighting these fires TIT

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there is unfortunately only 1 solution possible if a foreigner decided to live (and not to die) in Chiang Mai: MOVING AWAY ! The signals set by government are pretty clear: Nothing will change ! There are new rumours that chinese companies are the buyers of these mushrooms.... then big money is involved.....Since middle of December last year it was not possible to do sports outside due to the air quality..... what a life !

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4 minutes ago, Markus Rider said:

there is unfortunately only 1 solution possible if a foreigner decided to live (and not to die) in Chiang Mai: MOVING AWAY ! The signals set by government are pretty clear: Nothing will change ! There are new rumours that chinese companies are the buyers of these mushrooms.... then big money is involved.....Since middle of December last year it was not possible to do sports outside due to the air quality..... what a life !

I have heard that rumour also, and while I am not suggesting that the government is squeeky clean, a more rational explanation is that the independent minded mountain tribes are selling them direct. A big part of the problem is that it is hard to persuade soldiers or policemen to run round the mountains putting out fires, when you are paid peanuts - relatively - to do it. 

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1 minute ago, Nigel Garvie said:

I have heard that rumour also, and while I am not suggesting that the government is squeeky clean, a more rational explanation is that the independent minded mountain tribes are selling them direct. A big part of the problem is that it is hard to persuade soldiers or policemen to run round the mountains putting out fires, when you are paid peanuts - relatively - to do it. 

what about the guys from the fire brigade who will get a bonus when they fight fires ? I also heard that even they have a vital interest that there are enough fires.... but only rumours around here from local people....assuming that due to the very tough economical situation Thailand will face with a substantial 2 digit loss in GDP, the very few democratic structures will dissipate...

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19 minutes ago, Markus Rider said:

what about the guys from the fire brigade who will get a bonus when they fight fires ? I also heard that even they have a vital interest that there are enough fires.... but only rumours around here from local people....assuming that due to the very tough economical situation Thailand will face with a substantial 2 digit loss in GDP, the very few democratic structures will dissipate...

Well that is certainly a novel approach. Unfortunately I am self employed, and my "Boss" is unlikely to pay me a bonus for doing my job. You could try applying to your local Fire Brigade Union for a job as a negotiator!

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Fine the local headmen or the landowner for the fires on their controlled land. Grab them by the wallet. And, have them pay for the damage to the trees and labor cost to extinguish the fires. Will be over soon. But hey weak Mr. Governor, you have to give the order! Don't be a pussy.

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Drones and quick response fire brigades, including local volunteers. Catch fires quickly and go on the attack. How to fund hundreds of drones and the personnel to man (person) them? Sell a submarine.

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

"People's Army" mobilize to protect

But no policeman moves his ass to arrest those who set fire

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