Thailand’s forest fires shut Mae Hong Son Airport

Thailand’s forest fires were so bad, with many components of Mae Hong Son‘s Muang district coated in such dense smoke Sunday that several airways rescheduled morning flights.
The native pollution management department in Mae Hong Son reported that PM2.5 – particles of dust less than 2.5 microns in diameter – within the Muang and Pai districts reached 90 micrograms and one hundred and five micrograms.
Forest fires had been spotted in 173 areas across the province on Saturday in comparability with ninety eight areas on Friday. The fires are clustered around the Muang district, especially in the mountains west of Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu.
Mae Hong Son is a remote, mountainous province bordering Myanmar. Sparsely populated, Mae Hong Son is ethnically numerous and residential to hill tribes such as the Shan and Hmong.
Forest fires had broken out in 800 areas throughout Mae Hong Son this 12 months, with 250 in the Pai district alone.

Thailand’s higher limit for PM2.5 restrict is 50 micrograms. In present conditions, those who are sensitive to air air pollution – younger kids, older individuals, pregnant ladies and other people with allergy symptoms, heart or lung circumstances – are extremely prone to experience symptoms like wheezing, coughing, tightness of the chest or problem breathing.
Thailand’s forest fires cause significant problems for the local pollution management department which said…
“Firefighters have been deployed to extinguish forest fires, especially in close by communities.”

Forest fires in Thailand happen in the course of the dry season from December to May with their peak in February-March. In certain extremely dry sites, double burning in a single season is frequent. These surface fires consume floor litter, different unfastened particles on the forest floor and small vegetation.
There were 831 alerts reported between February 14, 2022, and February 6, this yr. This is low in comparison with earlier years going back to 2012.
This time final yr, poor visibility caused by haze above Mae Hong Son airport meant that a non-public plane flying the performing US ambassador Michael Heath cancelled its landing and was forced to return to Chiang Mai.
Bangkok’s air-monitoring apps have been flashing red for weeks, prompting colleges to shut and metropolis corridor to encourage working from house. Face coverings had been already commonplace in Bangkok before the pandemic.
Air air pollution – euphemistically known as “haze” – is a truth of life in many Asian cities; a seasonal occasion much like flooding. No risk of fine particulate matter to peak right now of year for many causes, including low-pressure climate systems and farmers burning fields.
Thai officers like to point fingers at neighbouring nations and blame the climate gods..

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