400 troops and volunteers were on the scene with a further 400 expected today after a forest fire broke out on Doi Chorake in Chiang Rai last night, April 14.
The fire itself was detected in the wilderness area at around 10:30 p.m. on the border between Mueang Chiang Rai and Mae Chan.
The fire, believed to have been lit by local hill tribe members quickly spread, threatening homes in Mae Faeo Village, Moo 5, Tung Pa Village, Ban Pha Tang, Moo 6, Moo 7 and Pa Kum Village, Moo 8, Pa Tueng Subdistrict.
General Bancha Duriyaphan, Deputy Commander of the 3rd Division led the fight with assistance from Maj. Gen. Chatchakarn Khun Yot Ying, Commander of the 37th Military District and the Peace Keeping Forces, Chiang Rai Province.
It was expected that air support, including water bombing, would be deployed after dawn this morning.
The huge fire comes as the level of hot spots has declined in the north but not enough to bring the smog crisis under control.