The fires broke out at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday in an area of 1, 200 hectares (ha) of 1-5 year-old cajeput trees and nearby areas, according to a report of Vietnam News Agency on Monday.
According to preliminary statistics, at least tens of thousands of hectares of cajeput forests were ruined after the first day.
More than 600 fire fighters including army, police and local people have been mobilized to combat the blazes in the U Minh forests.
The fires, however, have not been extinguished because of drought, high temperature and strong winds.
Last month, the biggest ever forest fires destroyed about 2,460 of more than 8,000 hectares of the U Minh Thuong National Park and around 4,000 ha of cajeput trees in the U Minh Ha forest.
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