Chiang Rai to introduce 60-day burning ban starting February 15

Prajon Prachsakul, the Governor of Chiang Rai, has announced that there will be a 60-day burning ban throughout the province starting Feb. 15.

The ban includes any fire for the purposes of burning garbage, debris, leaves or any other form of burning in all open spaces.

Those found breaching the ban may be found liable for a fine of up to 25,000 baht and/or three months in jail.

In an effort to combat the process of widespread burning after the ban is lifted, from the period April 15 through to May 15 no burning of any kind may take place in the province without the permission of a local sheriff.

Government officials down to village headman as well as members of the public are asked to report any fire they notice during the burning ban to 0-5371-2603.