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UPDATED: 08:09, May 30, 2006
Effective measures called to quench forest fires
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President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have ordered local authorities to take forceful, effective measures to quench forest fires in Nenjiang County and Songling region in Great Khingan Ranges area in northeast China, and Miandu River in northern Inner Mongolia.

The two leaders on Sunday also called for improved leadership, unified command, scientific management in the current fire fighting with the spirit of defying fatigue, while giving close attention to the safety of rescuers and local residents, so as to minimize the losses of the forest fires.

More than 20,000 police and fire-fighters are working night and day to curb three major forest fires in northern China, state forestry authority said Monday.

Blazes in the Galashan Forest Farm of Nenjiang County, and the Kandu River of Songling region in the largest virgin forest of the Greater Khingan Ranges in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, and the Miandu River in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, north China are still out of control despite intense fire-fighting efforts, according to Cao Qingyao, spokesman for the State Forestry Administration.

Hu is general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and Wen is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

With their accreditation, Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu has arrived at the site of the forest fires Monday, to study the fire-fighting situation and inspire the rescuers and fill them with vigor and zeal.

Meanwhile, the State Council, or the central government, has established the fore-front headquarters, nominating Jia Zhibang, head of the State Forestry Administration, as its chief, in order to coordinate and give prompt directions to the fire-fighters in their struggle against forest fires in Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia.

A number of forest fires have occurred in these areas owing to sustained dry spells and heavy winds. Currently, thousands of rescuers including police, soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and local people have been going all out to extinguish the blazes.

Source: Xinhua

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