Forest fire in Hoang Lien National Park, a 30,000-hectare primeval forest in the northwestern province of Lao Cai, was extinguished on Tuesday.
The rescue force stamped out the last flame at the peak of 2,400 meters on the western side of Hoang Lien Mountain at noon of Feb. 15, the second day of the Lunar New Year holiday.
Later on the day, the forest fire control committee of the neighboring Lai Chau province also putted out the fire on Hoang Lien Son peak after four days of firefighting.
The committee said the blaze, spread from a fire at the Hoang Lien National Park, has destroyed 3.5 hectares of grass cover.
All burns were kept under control and troops were withdrawn, it said.
However, 100 soldiers from the Military Zone 2 are still on the watch until Feb. 17.
According to satellite data, the fire ravaged about 700 hectares of forest. But, an initial report said about 1,700ha of forest were burnt, including 1,000 ha at Ban Ho and Ta Van villages, 700ha in the area between Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces. The destroyed areas are mainly a grass and replanted forests, and the area of the primeval forest is small.
Because of forecast dry weather, the People’s Committee of Lao Cai province has order to temporarily halt visits of tourists to the National Park.
Reasons of the forest fire are still under investigations.
The fire started in a forest in Ma Quy Ho village on Feb. 8 and quickly spread to the surrounding villages of Seo Choong Ho and Seo Mi Ty of Lao Cai province.
It was reported to be moving toward the centre of the Hoang Lien National Park.
The fire had spread to nearby Lai Chau province’s Tam Duong District on Feb. 11 although it was brought under control after scorching 200 hectares of forest.
The Hoang Lien National Park was recognized as an ASEAN Heritage Park.