Major forest fire in Tibet extinguished after a week

Majorforest fire in Tibet extinguished after a week

10 March 2008

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China — A major forest fire that was whipped up by winds inthe southeastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region was extinguished on Sunday,said an official with the Nyingchi Prefecture.

Zhoigar, commissioner of the Nyingchi Prefectureadministrative office, said that more than 23,000 people fought the fire, whichburned for a week.

They got help from snow on Saturday night, said the official,who added that some staff would remain in the forest to ensure that the firedidn’t flare up again.

The estimated loss was about 530,000 yuan (about 71,000 U.S.dollars)

The forest caught fire on Monday, with 208 hectares beingaffected and 68 hectares destroyed, but the visible flames were put outtemporarily on Wednesday.

Meteorological workers carried out cloud-seeding operations,including firing 20 rockets, and said that they induced the fall of moderatesnow.

Nyingchi, about 400 kilometers from the regional capital ofLhasa, is covered by dense forests that cover more than 46 percent of the area.

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