Minister of Interior Addresses Wildfire Crisis in Op Luang National Park


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Anutin Charnvirakul has expressed his deep concern over the wildfire situation at Op Luang National Park in the Hot District of Chiang Mai.

He emphasized the significant damage caused by the fire, affecting vast forest areas and contributing to air pollution across several provinces.

Anutin pointed out that the fires are likely started by locals, adhering to the long-standing belief that burning stimulates the growth of wild vegetation, a practice passed down through generations. Despite clear orders to enforce laws strictly against outdoor burning, violations persist.

He has ordered provincial governors to intensify efforts to control the fire that has been burning since February 22nd. During the operation, many areas have seen the fire extinguished, but vigilant monitoring continues, with hopes of completely extinguishing the fire soon.

The Deputy Prime Minister has also instructed governors and related agencies to fully support the firefighters on the ground with the necessary equipment. These include fire protection gear, firefighting tools, N95 masks, energy drinks, and dry food to maintain morale and stamina.

He expressed his appreciation and gratitude to all parties involved in the firefighting efforts.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.