Forest Fire Spotted in North China

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26 June 2010

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China — A forest fire was spotted in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Saturday afternoon, local authorities said.

The fire was discovered at 1:40 p.m. at east longitude 123 degree and north latitude 52 degree in Greater Hinggan Mountains in Inner Mongolia, neighboring northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, and the fire was said to be spreading quickly, according to officials of the forestry departments of Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang.

More than 300 forest police and employees from Inner Mongolia and 40 others from Heilongjiang were heading to the site, the officials said.

Specific information from the scene of the fire, as well as the cause of the fire, are yet unknown, an official from Inner Mongolia said.

The forest in Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang was extremely vulnerable to fire from late Saturday until Sunday, according to the weather forecast from China’s National Meteorological Center.

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