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PM Yingluck orders probe as raging fires ravage forests

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ordered a probe into alleged involvement of politicians in widespread bushfires in peat swamp forests in Nakhon Si Thammarat and other provinces. 

Swamped in smoke: Thick smoke enshrouds a vast tract of peat swamp forest in Nakhon Si Thammarat. Fires have destroyed more than 15,000 rai of the peat swamp, including part of the Samet Khao cultivation study area of the Chaipattana Foundation. (Photo by Nucharee Rakrun)

The masterminds of the bushfires are "politicians at the national and local levels", said Damrong Pidech, chief of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

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