Vice premier stresses forest fire prevention

Vice premier stresses fire prevention

10 February 2007

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China — Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyuon Friday urged local authorities to intensify prevention efforts as the nationgoes on red alert for forest fires.

Local authorities should strictly implement forest fire prevention measuresand improve their ability to respond quickly to forest fires, Hui told anational teleconference on forest fire prevention.

Hui ordered local authorities to commit themselves to the work, so as toprotect forest resources and ensure the safety of property and human lives.

Hui, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of ChinaCentral Committee, said China won the battle against forest fires last year.

But he warned that China has entered “an extremely dangerous periodduring which there is a very high risk of forest fires”, as hightemperatures have been hovering over northeast, north and southwest Chinaregions since the beginning of winter last year.

Hui urged local authorities to put forest fire prevention at the top of theiragenda, to publicize fire prevention knowledge and improve public awareness offorest fire prevention.

He also demanded more inspections of fire prevention work in fire-prone areasand nature reserves in order to detect and deal with hidden risks.

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