Chiang Mai to introduce 61 day fire ban from March 1st

Ahead of northern Thailand’s traditional burning season, the Chiang Mai Provincial Authority has announced that there will be a fire ban in place starting March 1.

Running 61 days, the fire ban will end April 30, 15 days longer than a similar ban put in place to reduce pollution last year.

The province is asking for assistance and cooperation from government agencies, state enterprises, local administrative organizations, village headmen, village leaders and the general public in enforcing the ban.

Meaning business, a tip line has been set up to dob in anyone burning anything during the fire ban period along with rewards of up to 5,500 baht for those making tips that lead to a successful prosecution.

The tip line is 0-5311-2725 or alternatively people can make tip-offs to police by calling 191.

The announcement comes six days after Chiang Rai announced a similar burning ban but with different dates. In Chiang Rai the burning ban runs from Feb. 15 through to April 15 with fires between April 15 and May 15 requiring official permission.