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Tak crackdown on outdoor fires continues

Feb 12. 2018
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By Somjit Rungjamrasrassamee
The Nation

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A fourth man has been arrested in Tak for violating the province’s 60-day ban on outdoor burning, which continues through April 10 as an anti-pollution measure.

Police, alerted by village headman Thaweesak Euy-ai, arrested a “stateless person” identified only as Sathinont in Mae Sot district on Monday morning.

On Sunday, three men, including two Myanmar migrant workers, were detained in Phob Phra district for burning sugarcane stalks on a plantation on Phop Phra-Ban Don Chedi Road.

Sathinont, who was found incinerating garbage outside a canvas shop, claimed to be unware of the ban aimed at curbing the perennial problem of haze stemming mainly from land-clearing operations.

Elsewhere in Tak on Monday, firefighters were called to extinguish a blaze on a 10-rai sugarcane plantation that was threatening to spread to Ban San (Moo 8) village in Tambon Mae Pa.

The province’s goal is to reduce the number of serious burning incidents by half. There were 82 deliberately set fires during the same period last year.

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