Wildfire forces tourists to flee hill temple in panic

Hundreds of tourists were forced to flee the hill temple in Khok Samrong district of Lopburi province last night after a wild fire broke out and quickly raced uphill towards the temple.

The fire incident happened at Wat Khao Wong Prachan temple on the Wong Prachan hill which is 650 metres above mean sea level.

The temple houses the footprints of the Lord Buddha and is located at KM 178 on the Phaholyothin highway in Lopburi.

It was not known if the fire was started from poachers or from heat of the sun but firemen and hundreds of volunteers spent up to aid hours to keep the fire under control.

The wild fire forced hundreds of visitors to flee the temple down the hilly road and via the temple's 3,790 steps stairways.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)