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Thai, Lao haze fighters go to work with axes, spades

Firebreaks cut through woodland in cross-border effort to ease pollution

Some 500 state officials and citizen volunteers, led by the governors of Nan and Laos’ Xayaburi province, created firebreaks in forest near the Ban Huay Kon border checkpoint on Tuesday (February 4).

The cooperative effort to curb forest fires and haze saw firebreaks cut all the way from Ban Huay Kon in Nan’s Chalerm Phrakiat district to Ban Nam Ngern in Xayaburi.

Protected Area Regional Office 13 initiated the project as an effective way to tackle haze in the border area and remind citizens not to start fires in the woods.

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The tough chopping and digging work ran in tandem with exhibitions about forest fires and haze.

The Pollution Control Department meanwhile reported unsafe levels of fine-dust pollution in several northern provinces as of 9am Tuesday.

Tambon Na Chak in Phrae’s Muang district recorded 59 micrograms per cubic metre of air and Mae Pa in Tak’s Mae Sot district 55mcg, while Nai Wiang in Nan’s Muang district was at 50mcg, the safe limit in Thailand.

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