Agriculture ministry issues warning, urges vigilance to combat wildfires

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has issued a warning to relevant authorities and residents, urging vigilance to prevent wildfires during the current dry season. ...

Kim Sarom

Big rise in fire deaths last year

The number of deaths and injuries resulting from fires across Cambodia increased significantly in 2023 compared to the previous year. ...

Tith Kongnov

Lightning strikes, fires, storms kill 90 in Cambodia in January-July

Lightning strikes, fires and storms had claimed 90 lives in Cambodia in the first seven months of 2023, the spokesperson for the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) said on Tuesday. ...

Khmer Times Staff

Officials suspect arson by hunters in sanctuary fire

Environment officials and authorities in Preah Vihear province are investigating a wildfire in the Phnom Tnaot-Phnom Pok Wildlife Sanctuary that damaged more than 4,000ha of forest in recent days, said officials on March 6. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Poipet fire kills 26 and injures 57

The blaze that tore through a Poipet casino has killed 26 people and injured 57, with most of the victims Thai, Banteay Meanchey Provincial Governor Oum Reatrey said. ...

Chhorn Raksmey

City’s growth has brought new fire challenges

Fire is a primal fear and remains a modern concern, with saving lives and preventing people from losing their homes and possessions the mission of the Ministry of Interior’s Fire Prevention, Extinguishing and Rescue Department. ...

Kim Sarom

Siem Reap fire ravages Japan electric wire warehouse

A fire blazed through an electric wire warehouse located in a Japanese electricity plant in Khnar village of Siem Reap town’s Chriev commune on April 15. ...

Ry Sochan

Ministries warn public about wildfire dangers

The Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have jointly called on the public to be very careful about using fire as a means of cooking, clearing wild grass or harvesting forest products because wildfires often occur in natural protected areas ...

Mom Kunthear

Nearly 3K illegal burn sites identified across Kingdom

Illegal burning of rice stubble and land at the periphery of forests continues to occur throughout the Kingdom’s rural areas, especially in the north and northeast regions, according to officials who documented the activities on site. ...

Voun Dara

Public warned against igniting forest fires

The public has been urged to stop using fires to collect bees, catch animals or clear land in forests. In a letter dated January 20, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said burning grasses and other unsanctioned activities like harvesting forests or clearing them for ...

Orm Bunthoeurn

Local authorities searching for forest arsonists in Battambang

Specialists from Battambang province’s Forestry Administration, along with Samlot district authorities, are conducting a joint search for arsonists responsible for the recent forest fire in the Dos Kramom mountain area located in Ta Sanh commune. The suspects are presumed to have secretly burned the forest to ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Authorities stop mountain brush fire from spreading

Battambang provincial authorities on Tuesday doused a brush fire on Doh Kramom Mountain in Samlot district before it went out of control.​ District governor Soeu Sameth said yesterday that the blaze had destroyed about 10 percent of the mountain and the authorities, using four fire trucks, ...

Mom Kunthear

Ten million riel reward for forest arsonists

The Siem Reap provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said it will offer a 10 million riel ($2,500) reward to those who provide information regarding the suspects responsible for setting ablaze more than 20ha of kranhuong timber forest land in Banteay Srei district. Department ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Construction boom adding fuel to the fire

The government needs to further invest in fire disaster management as the Kingdom enjoys a multi-billion-dollar boom in the construction industry, a fire prevention expert said. As high-rises continue to mushroom in the capital, fire disaster management may not be properly equipped to respond to ...

Hin Pisei

Fire leaves 48 families homeless

The Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) said on Tuesday that 48 families have been made homeless after a fire swept through their homes in Phnom Penh on Sunday afternoon. No one was injured in the blaze, which happened in the Sambok Chab area of Meanchey district’s ...

Khorn Savi

Mine museum chiefs detained

The Siem Reap provincial court on Saturday put the founder of the Cambodia Landmine Museum and its senior officials in pre-trial detention on charges of illegal possession of weapons. This follows a fire on the premises after which authorities discovered old and rusty weapons in ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

More than 300 fires recorded so far this year

There were more than 300 fires in the first half of this year, an increase from the number of cases recorded during the same period last year, the Interior Ministry said yesterday. ...

Pech Sotheary

Blaze in Meanchey destroys 10 homes

Ten homes housing 16 families in the capital’s Meanchey district were destroyed early Monday by fire, which police said was caused by an electrical malfunction. The homeowners, however, believe the blaze was caused by arson. Kong Thou, deputy chief of the Municipal Fire Office, said ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Sub-decree aims to improve fire safety standards in buildings

The government has issued a sub-decree to strengthen the prevention of fires in buildings by requiring owners to install fire-preventing systems in their buildings. Issued on Monday and bearing the signature of Prime Minister Hun Sen, the sub-decree aims to set a standard for buildings ...

Khmer Times

Government to rebuild market roof

The government has decided to rebuild the Chbar Ampov market roof following an appeal from vendors in the wake of a blazing inferno last week that destroyed many of their stalls. Last Thursday night, an electrical fault sparked a fire at the market, located in Chbar ...

Sen David

Cambodia tops region for fires detected from space

Yet again, the Kingdom this year burns brighter than its neighbours, with fires in Cambodia being detected from space at a much higher rate than any other country in the region, according to a NASA report published last week. It’s likely a product of both ...

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon

Phnom Penh City Hall unveils disaster plan

City Hall yesterday released Phnom Penh’s first ever disaster response plan, which promises to better prepare the capital for emergencies, especially floods and fires. The 73-page Emergency Response Preparedness Plan (EPRP) will be distributed to officials down to the commune level and designates responsibilities for preparing ...

Ouk Suntharoth and Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon

Bush fires under control near Koh Ke temple

A spate of bush fires near Koh Ke temple in Preah Vihear province has prompted the provincial archaeology department to reassure residents and tourists that it has the ability to contain the blazes.​ ...

Mom Sophon

Huge fire kills adult and child in Mondulkiri

A massive fire killed two people, one of them a child, and destroyed at least 220 market stalls in Mondulkiri’s provincial capital of Sen Monorom town early on Saturday. ...

Kuoch Masy and Khouth Sophak Chakrya

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