Forest fire raging in Tibet

Forest fire raging in Tibet

22 March 2010

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China —  About 1,000 soldiers and civilians have been mobilized to put out a fire raging since Sunday noon in a forest area in southwest China’s Tibet autonomous region.

The fire has spread over 26 hectares in the forest, only 500 meters away from a school in Chayou County, Nyingchi Prefecture. No casualty has been reported, but the fire is still raging amid windy and dry weather, according to the fire control headquarters.

Meanwhile, another fire that broke out Sunday noon was put out by about 2,000 policemen and firefighters by Sunday midnight in Chongqing Municipality, to the north of Tibet.

The fire ravaged at least 20 hectares of a forest in Dadukou District. No casualties have been reported, as residents near the fire had been evacuated. The cause of the fire is being investigated, officials said.

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