Fire spreads in northeast China virgin forest
Five hundred people are struggling on four fronts to put out a fire raging
in virgin forest in northeast China, local fire prevention sources said
Fire had broken out in four sites in the northern Greater Hinggan
Mountains, of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, said sources with the armed
police in charge of fire-fighting.
The fire, which has spread from the
original two sites, was about 1,000 kilometers from the nearest city, Hulun
Buir, making it difficult to fight, said the sources.
The destruction caused
by the blaze was still unclear due to the amount of smoke.
were needed to put out the fire, the sources said.
The fire was spotted on
Saturday by a forest ranger, who immediately alerted it to the fire fighting
Public access to forest areas in the Greater Hinggan Mountains
has been prohibited during the dry autumn period, when the fire risk is