Teerayuth Aiumtrakul, a Vice Governor of Phuket, commented about wildfire vigilance during the dry season in Phuket as everybody has to prepare to cope if a wildfire happens, because climate change has caused wildfires in many points of the world. The Phuket provincial government has reminded people in every village, sub-district, and district to be aware of wildfires. All the areas on the island were announced as Wildfire Controlled Areas.
During the dry season, farmers who have to burn their crops have to ask for burning permission from the village leaders. When the crop burning occurs, farmers have to build up a fence to control the fire. Moreover, they have to make sure that the fire will not spread to connected areas. If there are any wildfires caused by crop burning without permission and control fences, the farmers will be prosecuted. In addition, the government will ask people who encroach or exploit preserved forests or national park areas, to move out and indict them as well.
Teerayuth also asked for all Phuket residents to be aware of wildfire: if there is any wildfire and they cannot stop it, call Phuket Wildfire Control Station Hotline:1362 or Tel. 08-6272-7492,08-7886-4498 Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket Tel.076-218444 or Office of Natural Resource and Environment Phuket Tel. 076-211067
proofed by Grant, Phuket43@samart.co.th