70 fires break out in north forests

Forest fire breaks out in NE China

02 June 2012

published by www.chinadaily.com.cn

China — HARBIN – A forest fire broke out Saturday morning on a nature reserve in the Greater Hinggan Mountains in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, local authorities said.

The fire remained out of control as of 12:00 pm, local forest fire prevention authorities said.

Nearly 6,300 people have been mobilized to extinguish the fire, the provincial forest fire prevention headquarters said.

Local authorities said a smoke column was first spotted on the Nanweng River Nature Reserve at 9:30 am Saturday. A satellite monitoring report confirmed the fire’s location later.

No casualties have been reported.

The cause of the fire remains unclear.

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