CHIANG MAI – The smog situation in Chiang Mai Province has exceeded normal levels for the fourth consecutive day, prompting authorities to strictly monitor all areas for forest fires and the burning of agricultural land.
The level of small dust particles in the province has ranged between 159-183 micrograms per cubic meter and is expected to exceed 200 micrograms in the next few days should no wind or rain occur in the province.
The province reported 115 hotspots in the past 24 hours, including national parks, state highways and agricultural land. The province has instructed all districts to strictly crack down on unauthorized crop burning and swiftly quell any forest fires that occur. Farmers are only allowed to burn crops during select periods and must erect barriers to prevent the fire from spreading to forest areas.