The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is aiming to cut forest fires in the North by 10% next year.
Theerapat Prayulasiddhi, deputy director-general of the department, said a rise in forest fires in the northern provinces is expected early next year, which could blanket the area in haze from the smoke. Mr Theerapat hopes the reduction target will help reduce the haze problem, which poses health risks and can affect air traffic.
The planned reduction would be based on this year's statistics from the department's Forest Fire Control Unit, which showed that more than 47,900 rai of land nationwide has been damaged by forest fires so far in 2012, he said .
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