Forest fire raging in SW China

Forest fire raging in SW China

21 January 2017

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China — More than 1,700 firefighters are fighting a forest fire that has lasted for more than 24 hours in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, government authorities said Saturday.

Fire was spotted around 2:40 p.m. Friday near Lizu Village, Shitou Township of Yulong County, said a spokesman with the county government.

One house in the village burned down, and no casualties had been reported as of 2 p.m. Saturday, said the spokesman.

The firefighters include soldiers and civilians, and helicopters are being dispatched.

Cause of the fire is being investigated.

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