Forest fire put out in Inner Mongolia

Forest fire put out in Inner Mongolia

7 May 2006

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DAYANGSHU, Inner Mongolia — The forest fire in the Great Khingan Range, a major base of virgin forest reserve in northeast China, was put out Sunday morning after lasting for twodays.

Nearly 2,000 forest police and fire fighters as well as 300 armed police were exhausted after braving the blaze in gust of wind round the clock.

The fire broke out at the woods under the jurisdiction of the Dayangshu Forestry Bureau in Oroqen Autonomous Banner in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Friday noon.

Satellite observation spotted no scattered fire in the area Sunday morning, said an official with the forestry bureau.

Air patrols are monitoring the area to prevent possible fire resurging, the official said. The fire fighters are expected to withdraw Sunday afternoon.

Neither losses from the fire nor the cause of it were immediately available.

The range has been at the risk of fire since April 20 due to longtime drought spell and relatively high temperature, which might have led to the forest fire, according to local forestry officials.


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