China — China’s Vice Premier Hui Liangyu said Monday anti-fire measures should be ramped up given increasing fire risks caused by high temperatures.
Focus should be placed on the accountability mechanism on forest fire prevention, and strengthening fire monitoring and early warning, according to Hui.
The direction was made after a forest fire broke out Saturday in the Greater Hinggan Mountains in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and has continued to spread as of Monday.
Hui urged relevant authorities to extinguish the fires quickly and ensure the safety of locals and fire fighters.
As of Monday, more than 7,000 people from both Heilongjiang and another 3,000 from Inner Mongolia have been battling the fires.
China’s National Forest Fire Prevention Headquarters issued a red alert Monday, the highest warning for forest fires, due to unusually high temperatures in north China and possible lightning strikes in the next two days.