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Chiang Mai: "Sea of Fire" engulfs Doi Samoeng - fires lit when officials went to monitor elections


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Thai Rath reported that firefighters were battling huge blazes on the mountain of Doi Samoeng in Chiang Mai.
 
They said the fires had turned the area into a sea of fire. 
 
They further reported that the fires had been set when officials in the area were absent while monitoring local elections on Sunday.

 

 
Firefighters were facing a difficult job to contain the fires as it was hilly and characterized by being an area of dense bamboo thickets. 
 
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Firebreaks were being put in place to save local communities. 
 
Two helicopters from the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment had dumped water in 20 sorties.
 
The hashtag #faipachiangmai (forest fires in Chiang Mai) was trending on Twitter as netizens offered support to firefighters and donations to their cause. 

 

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Until the gov takes burning seriously and prosecute vigorously, this silly cat and mouse game will continue to play out...   and the local communities continue to suffer on many fronts...

Just face the truth, the Thais don't give a monkeys about the environment, or how their actions negatively  impact other people, or indeed themselves and their families, they are clueless. They don't

Pun-tastic.

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curious asks...is bamboo a plant that needs fire through it to generate the next crop of bamboo shoots for sale?

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I really feel for you guys up there, Pattaya was bad enough when the AQI was around 150 or 160, but look at the AQI in the north at the moment:

 

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1 hour ago, lordblackader said:

The Thai post you link to says nothing about officials being involved in the election and even using basic logic, why would they be? 

"officials in the area were absent while monitoring local elections".

 

Seems pretty self-explanatory. Someone has to be at the polling booths to monitor whats happening. 

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9 minutes ago, Wuvu2 said:

The people that burn the mountains are some of the poorest people in Thailand. It's not selfishness - it's hunger that drives them. Laws and Fines will never stop hungry people from doing what they must to feed themselves. The solution is for the government to create alternate economic opportunity. Blaming these folks for burning the mountains is the same as blaming slum dwellers for the awful stench where they live. Nobody chooses to be dirt poor. 

It was mentioned above, let them grow opium again

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3 hours ago, cardinalblue said:

Until the gov takes burning seriously and prosecute vigorously, this silly cat and mouse game will continue to play out...

 

and the local communities continue to suffer on many fronts...

 

Until all governments take population seriously, we will get worse and worse problems like this going forward.  

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41 minutes ago, Wuvu2 said:

it's hunger that drives them. Laws and Fines will never stop hungry people from doing what they must to feed themselves.

maybe some basic education might help ?

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