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Dry weather, strong winds, cause woodland fires in Siem Reap and Pailin

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A tractor being used to fight the blaze at the wooded area. CNE

The current dry spell and string winds are wrecking havoc in Siem Reap province where about 40 hectares of woodlands burned in Trapeang Thmor village, Khun Ream commune, Banteay Srei district last Tuesday night.


The fire was thought to have been started deliberately by settlers,  most likely to clear land for illegal settlements or crop growing.

A provincial fire truck fighting the blaze at Pailin. CNE

Seng Lun, chief of the Forestry Administration, said the forest fire destroyed about 40 hectares. Police had to resort to using two tractors because water trucks could reach the site due to fire site’s location.

Meanwhile in Pailin, a noon fire on Wednesday in the city caused damage to more farmland. The fire is believed to have started from across the border and spread to Pailin as a result of strong winds.

Fire trucks from  Pailin Provincial Police were sent to fight the blaze.

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