Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister and Acting Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri stated in a press release on February 15th that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha has instructed all relevant agencies to develop strategies and preventative measures to halt the spread of wildfires.
He explained, “They are tasked with conducting an after-action review of the wildfire situation to prevent damage from the spread of wildfires to the environment, agricultural areas, and people’s properties, as well as to reduce the increase of PM2.5 particulates in the air.”
PM2.5 particulate matter is a type of air pollutant that poses a risk to people's health when it reaches high levels. These particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and remain there for long periods or enter the bloodstream unfiltered.
Anucha also stated that the government will adjust its measures if the situation worsens, but did not provide any details in the press release.
The Pollution Control Department has warned that the northern region of Thailand is expected to experience hazardous levels of air pollution and will be monitored closely until the end of the week. Media reports suggest that authorities have closed eight national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in 17 northern provinces to manage a rising number of forest fires.
Earlier this month, the Bangkok governor, Chadchart Sittipunt, issued a warning to the public about unhealthy air quality in the capital, urging people to monitor their health and limit outdoor activities if they experience respiratory issues, eye irritation, or coughing.