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Massive effort to douse forest fires sees progress

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Short-term, the forest fires ravaging parts of Nakhon Si Thammarat province should be under control within days. Longer-term, the situation is less clear.

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Thick smoke enshrouds a vast tract of peat swamp forest in Nakhon Si Thammarat. Photos by NUCHAREE RAKRUN

Morning update: Nakhon Si Thammarat governor Viroj Jiwarangsan, interviewed on Thai PBS this morning, says rain yesterday and last night has improved the situation considerably. There have also been several arrests of those thought to have set new fires in the forests.

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Aerial support called in to douse forest fires

Officials say blaze could take days to extinguish


Fires raging at Pa Phru Kuan Kreng in Nakhon Si Thammarat could take several days to bring under control, the provincial governor says.

Nakhon Si Thammarat governor Viroj Jiwarangsan expressed confidence in a speedy dousing operation after the province's fire control operation received aerial support from the Natural Resources and Environment and Agriculture and Cooperative ministries.

The ministries have sent helicopters to identify hotspots at Pa Phru Kuan Kreng, a peat swamp forest ravaged by the fires, Mr Viroj said.

Air support, including rain-making aircraft and helicopters, is starting to have a positive effect on the fire-fighting effort.

The governor, provincial red cross chairwoman Wanee Jiwarangsan and Chian Yai district chief Pitak Boripit yesterday inspected the fire control operation in tambon Karaket of Chian Yai district. They also distributed relief items sent by the Fourth Army to help combat the fires to 2,000 forestry officials and soldiers.

The province will set up a donation centre today to receive goods from the public, Mr Viroj said. The donated items will be given to officials involved in the fire control operation.

The Office of the Royal Development Projects Board and other agencies will meet on Thursday to work out a long-term plan to prevent forest fires at the peat swamp forest.

The fire situation improved yesterday after an artificial rain-making operation brought downpours to Chalerm Prakiart district on Saturday, he said.

Narathorn Kaewplab, head of the Phatthalung Botany Park, yesterday took 100 military engineers, forestry and municipal officials to build firebreaks at Pa Phru Ton Samet Khao, a peat swamp hit by forest fires in Phatthalung province.

The fires have ravaged the forest for three weeks. Almost 200 rai of forest at three locations have been damaged.

About 300 more forestry officials from the North will be sent to help combat the fires, he said.

About 10,000 logs of Samet Khao wood are seized from Khlong Kong forest reserve in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Chalerm Prakiart district Sunday by a team of forestry officials sent to survey fire-gutted areas in a nearby forest.

Meanwhile, a logging suppression team yesterday seized about 10,000 logs of Samet Khao wood from Khlong Kong reserve forest in Nakhon Si Thammarat's Chalerm Prakiart district while the team was surveying fire-gutted spots at Pa Phru Kuan Kreng forest.

Supachok Prampoon, head of the team, said his team spotted about five people moving logs out of the reserve.

When they spotted the officials, the loggers fled into the jungles, leaving piles of logs behind.

Officials found a bag containing two bank account documents bearing the name of Ms Jiraporn Makeao, a resident of Chian Yai district of Nakhon Si Thammarat, and a list of 10 people apparently wanting to purchase logs from the woman, Mr Supachok said.

enshroud – to cover or surround something completely so that it cannot be seen or understood ปิดบัง, ทำให้คลุมเครือ
vast – extremely large in area, size, amount, etc.  กว้างใหญ่, มหาศาล
tract – a large area of land พื้นที่, บริเวณ
peat – a type of soil consisting of decaying plants that can also be used as fuel ถ่านหินเลน (เกิดจากต้นไม้ในหนองที่ทับถมกัน)
swamp – an area of land covered by water where trees and plants grow หนองน้ำ
aerial – in the air; done in the air ซึ่งอยู่ในอากาศ
douse – to make a fire stop burning by pouring water or chemicals over it สาดน้ำหรือของเหลว
blaze – a fire เพลิง
extinguish – to put out a fire ดับไฟ
raging – happening with a lot of force or violence รุนแรงมาก
positive – in a good way ในทางบวก
confidence – being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future ความมั่นใจ
operation – a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers การปฏิบัติการ
identify – to specify  ระบุ
ravage – to destroy something or damage it very badly ทำให้เสียหาย, ทำลาย, ล้างผลาญ
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
distribute – to give something to a group of people แจกจ่าย
relief – money, food, medicine, equipment etc. that is given to help people in places where there has been a natural disaster, war, etc. เครื่องบรรเทาสาธารณภัย
combat – to try to stop something unpleasant or harmful from happening or increasing ต่อต้าน
donation – money or goods that you give to an organisation, especially one that helps people เงินหรือสิ่งของบริจาค
long-term – that will last or have an effect over a long period of time ระยะยาว
improve – to get better  ดีขึ้น
artificial – made by people instead of being something natural  ที่ประดิษฐ์ขึ้น
downpour –a lot of rain in a short time ฝนตกหนักมาก, พายุฝน
municipal – of a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
botany – the scientific study of plants พฤกษศาสตร์
firebreak – a narrow area of land from which all the trees and bushes have been removed in order to prevent fires from spreading from one part of the countryside to another
location – where someone or something is ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
log – a thick piece of tree trunk or branch, especially one cut for burning on a fire โค่นต้นไม้
forest reserve – a forest area that is set aside for animals, trees and plants ป่าสงวน
survey – the act of examining and recording the measurements, features, etc. of an area of land การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล
gutted – burned completely from the inside out ถูกไฟไหม้
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
suppression – stopping illegal activity การระงับ การปราบปราม
seize – to take something using official power ยึด
spot – to see or notice สังเกตเห็น
flee – to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger หนี
pile – objects positioned one on top of another กอง
contain – to store or hold something บรรจุ
bearing – having writing or a design on top แสดง
resident – a person who lives in a particular area ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
purchase – something that has been bought ของที่ซื้อมา


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