Police arrest suspect in Yunnan forest fire

Police arrest suspect in Yunnan forest fire

5 April 2006

published by news.xinhuanet.com


KUNMING — Police have arrested a woman in connection with the alleged arson that started a week-long forest fire in Anning, southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

The woman, in her 20s, gave no name or address and had been sent to a psychiatric institution for evaluation, said forestry officials.

Police posted a notice in local newspapers seeking information on relatives or friends of the woman.

Firefighters were still combating the blaze on Wednesday as the western fire front continued to advance.

About 6,000 people have been mobilized to fight the fire, which has destroyed about 8,000 mu (533 hectares) of forest.

The fire has been aggravated by a prolonged drought and windy weather, said officials.

The blaze started on March 29 in Anning, about 28 kilometers from Kunming, capital of Yunnan.

Police investigations into its cause are continuing.


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