Over 2,000 rai of land has been burned by a fire that raged through Doi Suthep-Pui National Park before being extinguished today, March 19 at around lunchtime.
The fire is believed to have been started by mushroom burners on Tuesday and raged through hills behind the Huay Tung Tao Reservoir.
Efforts to extinguish the fire were overseen by Governor Mr. Charoenrit Sanguansat particularly as at one stage it threatened the controversial court housing project in Don Kaeo, Mae Rim.
Royal Thai Army soldiers along with firefighters and national park staff battled the fire for two days, finally bringing it under control today.
Surveillance patrols are in the area to make sure that there are no further flare-ups or people once again trying to set the national park on fire.
The intensity of the fire on the edge of the Chiang Mai Metro area saw PM 2.5 smog levels climb to nearly 20 times safe levels, making Chiang Mai one of the most polluted cities in the world.
Fires continue at Huay Tung Tao. This firefighting unit has been working 48 hours non stop. Please can the army help these guys; it is military land after all