80 new army rangers from the Royal Thai Army 3rd Army Region have been deployed to the north to help detect forest fires.
The rangers from the 35th Scout Regiment Kamphaeng Phet province have been deployed alongside the 32nd Scout Regiment from Nan Province and the 31st Scout Regiment of Chiang Rai to detect fires in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Lampang.
The newly deployed rangers will be sent to fire-prone areas to patrol for fires and detain anyone they find starting them. Where required, the rangers will also assist fire officers in extinguishing fires as well.
The news comes after CM108 reported that 456 hot spots were found across Chiang Mai Province this morning, March 12. Of the hot spots, 187 were in National Parks, 260 in protected forests, five in community areas and three along highways.