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Mae Hong Son’s Phak Wan Pa hit by wildfires

By The Nation




Mae Hong Son Governor Sithichai Jindaluang, accompanied by the Pai district village headman and local government officials, inspected the district on Wednesday after a series of wildfires there after 155 heat points were detected and the River Fire Control Station was called in to tackle several blazes.


Sithichai said that with the dry season arriving earlier than usual, Pai district has seen more wildfires than other areas.




Phak Wan Pa, especially, has seen a number of fires as locals, who like to grow Melientha suavis, believe that burning the area will help the vegetable bud more easily and taste better.


Each year, Phak Wan Pa locals concentrate on growing enough of the vegetable as it is popular among the general public and commands a high market price.




The Mae Hong Son Forest Fire Control Centre said that amid the forest fires and haze in the province from January 1-12, they had detected 155 heat points on the Viirs system in Pai district, compared to 96 points in previous years.


The Pai River Fire Control Station on Wednesday also reported that it was called in several times to control forest fires.




Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30401229




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If you do a google search, you'll find that the desired crop is a leafy vegetable, not mushrooms, but still it's a shame (really a crime) that they're burning the forest for this.  I hope the phak wan pa that I see on offer in the markets and even sometimes in the big grocery stores isn't sourced this way.

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NancyL, you are completely right. But there is only one problem:  it's in their genes to burn:violin:


Do we remember Prayut's hypocritical words?

Result as usual:  nothing will happen to stop the fires. Thai generals are known for talking a lot, but not for acting seriously.


One idea to change their minds and actions would be: education (already in the schools). It would take some time, but it would work.


This year we probably are kept like prisoners in our province, because of Covid, not allowed to flee the fires. That means:  breathing this "healthy" air.


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On 1/14/2021 at 2:59 PM, Kaopad999 said:

Mushroom season has arrived early this year then... 🙄


They even make the fires in the slopes behind our house. Mushrooms there ?? Negative report.

As I said before: it's in their genes .... since x-hundreds of years..

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