Two men were arrested today, March 31 in relation to one of several fires that have caused widespread damage in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park.
The two men – Mr. Siriratiporn Prasert, 57 and Mr. Kaweephat Saen Ya Kiat, 49 are alleged to have started a fire in a forest area in Ban Thung Pong Tai, Moo 9 Ban Pong in Hang Dong District.
The men surprisingly admitted to starting the fire but claimed that they had only been trying to burn a fire protection line to provide protection from other fires in the park but their fire subsequently got out of control.
They were charged with “constructing a forest clearing or burning a forest or by any other means causing damage to the condition of a forest and national park. ”
According to MGROnline another man, described only as Burmese was arrested March 24 in relation to another fire in the park. Dozens of fires have been lit across the park in the last two weeks.