Forest fires are still burning in several areas of Chiang Rai, particularly Mae Sai, causing toxic dust levels to rise to 542 micrograms/m3. The governor of Chiang Rai has ordered areas to create moisture in the air to mitigate the effects of smog and fine dust. The air quality situation has been monitored in all districts and found that the 24-hour average PM2.5 value was higher than 200 micrograms/m3 in all of them. Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Center Region 15 has used fire-fighting vehicles to spray water and foam fog at three locations in Mae Sai. Municipalities and local authorities have also sprayed water on important roads and communities to clean them. Despite mobilizing officials and volunteers, there are still forest fires burning in the whole area of Mueang Chiang Rai District, Mae Chan District, Thoeng District, Mae Fah Luang District, and Mae Sai District, causing all 18 districts to be densely covered with smog, affecting the income of citizens.
Forest fires still raging in several places in Chiang Rai Mae Sai, toxic dust rising to 542 micrograms/m3, rushing to mobilize water
On March 27, Mr. Puttipong Sirimat, Governor of Chiang Rai Province as the commander of the wildfire haze incident Order every area to create moisture in the air to mitigate the effects of smog and fine dust. has monitored the air quality situation in Chiang Rai province It was recently found that the 24-hour average PM2.5 value was higher than 200 micrograms per cubic meter (mug/m3) in all districts, while Mae Sai District which has a border with Myanmar It has measured up to 542 mcg./m3 ever.
Which the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Center Region 15 or the 15th Chiang Rai Provincial Security Office uses fire-fighting vehicles to spray water/foam fog With a remote control system (LUF60), spraying water mist at 3 locations: Mae Sai District Office, Mae Sai Police Station and Mae Sai Border Checkpoint.
for other areas Chiang Rai City Municipality Sprayed water on important roads and sprinkled water on 6 communities in Chiang Rai city, 2 fire trucks, and in Mae Chan District, Chiang Khong District, Mae Sai, Khun Tan District, Chiang Rai City. and Chiang Saen district local authorities in the area 12 local authorities, 30 trips, have been sprayed to clean the roads, which will continue until the dust level returns to normal. that must be reduced to the standard level which must not exceed 50 mcg/m3
However, at present, there are still continuous forest fires. whole area Mueang Chiang Rai District, Mae Chan District, Thoeng District, Mae Fah Luang District and Mae Sai District Although the province will mobilize officials from all agencies and volunteers to extinguish forest fires. Enter the area to extinguish the fire and make a fire break line to control the radius of the fire. But there are still fires across the line and burning in other places. Continuously causing all 18 districts to be densely covered with smog. as well as the income of the citizens
Mr. Suphot Dukham, 58 years old, riding a motorcycle in Ban Du, Mueang Mai, Ban Du Subdistrict, Mueang District, Chiang Rai Province, said he was in the open air all day long. During this period, there are a lot of PM2.5 dust, burning ears, burning eyes, burning throat and starting to have itchy eyes, itchy skin, but have to go out to work to feed the family. But it was also affected by work because most people did not leave their homes, resulting in a large drop in income. There are only 4-5 customers left using the service daily.
In conclusion, the forest fires that have been raging in several places in Chiang Rai province continue to cause serious air pollution problems, with toxic dust levels rising to dangerous levels. Local authorities and volunteers are working tirelessly to mobilize water and extinguish the fires, but the situation is still far from under control. The impact on the health and livelihoods of the local citizens cannot be underestimated, with many struggling to cope with the effects of the smog on their daily lives. It is clear that urgent action is needed to address the root causes of the forest fires and to protect the environment and the well-being of the people of Chiang Rai.