Text Version
RSS Feeds
Newsletter
Home Forum Photos Features Newsletter Archive Employment
About US Help Site Map
SEARCH   About US FAQ Site Map Site News
  Service
  -Text Version
  -RSS Feeds
  -Newsletter
  -News Archive
  -Give us feedback
  -Voices of Readers
  -Online community
  -China Biz info
  What's new
Home>>China >> China Society
13:03, February 13, 2009

Forest fire in E China's Fujian Province under control


Armed Policemen are going to put out forest fire in Shaxian County of Sanming City, 270 km from Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian province Feb. 13, 2009. A fire in the province was under control Friday morning after burning for 22 hours and devastating a swath of mountain forests bordering farmhouses, local authorities said. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun)

A fire in east China's Fujian Province was under control Friday morning after burning for 22 hours and devastating a swathe of mountain forests bordering farmhouses, local authorities said.

As of 10:30 a.m., no signs of fire were visible at the site, which extended to 10 villages in Shaxian County of Sanming City, 270 km from the provincial capital Fuzhou, a forestry official told Xinhua.

More than 3,000 people, including police officers, firemen and villagers, were mobilized to fight the fire, which burned across 130 hectares of forest from 12:30 p.m. Thursday, said Lu Yueliang, deputy forestry chief of the province.

"They are still patrolling the mountains to prevent the blaze breaking out again," he said.

Armed Policemen are going to put out forest fire in Shaxian County of Sanming City, 270 km from Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian province, Feb. 13, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun)

No casualties were reported, but the fire caused panic among residents in 10 villages in Gaosha and Qingzhou townships.

"It's the biggest fire I've ever seen and everyone panicked," said Li Baosheng, an official in Gaosha Village, Gaosha township. "The flames were only 7 or 8 meters from the nearest farmhouse."

Li said the local government evacuated 11 people living close to the site, but dozens more voluntarily moved in with friends or relatives for the night.

"I saw flames in Duanxi Village across the river Thursday afternoon," said a resident in Yangxi Village, who gave his name as "Old Peng".

Peng said he could never understand how the flames crossed the water and spread to his village. "Flames were seen about 500 meters from my house last night."

Flame of embers is seen in Shaxian County of Sanming City, 270 km. from Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian province, Feb. 13, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun)

Peng said he stayed awake all Thursday night. "My neighbors who live closer to the woods on fire stayed with relatives."

The fire forced his son and daughter-in-law to cancel Thursday night's train ride to Dongguan in the southern Guangdong Province, where the young couple hope to find factory jobs.

"I heard trains were disrupted by the fire. It's also too dangerous to cross the fire site, so I told them to stay home for another week," said Peng.

The fire cut power supplies to the Sanming section of two railway lines and delayed 26 trains until 9 p.m. Thursday and temporarily blocked traffic on two highways.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Meanwhile, the provincial fire prevention headquarters Friday banned the use of fire in the wild until March 13.

Thursday saw a chain of forest fires in China, including two in Bijie City of southwestern Guizhou Province that killed two people and injured two others, two in Zhaotong City of Yunnan Province and one in Luzhou City, Sichuan Province.

Source: Xinhua

 Related News
 Deadly forest fire in SW China extinguished
 Official killed in forest fire in SW China
 Forest fire in NW China nature reserve extinguished
 NE China, Inner Mongolia face highest spring forest fire risk in 60 years
 NE China, Inner Mongolia face highest spring forest fire risk in 60 years
 China publishes forest fire control regulation for public discussion
 Forest fire retreats in southwest China, after raging for one week
 Chinese vice premier orders tougher measures for forest fire prevention
 Forest fire rages unchecked for 40 hours in China's Yunnan
 Forest fires kill 82 in China in first quarter
 Comment Tell A Friend Print Format Save Article

  Your Message:   Most Popular Photos
US and Russian satellites collide …
Video is said to be Polish hostage…
China starts construction of secon…
Hollywood sheds few tears over Bec…
China celebrates upcoming Lantern …
|About Peopledaily.com.cn | Advertise on site | Contact us | Site map | Job offer|
Copyright by people's Daily Online,all rights reserved


 
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90882/6592339.pdf