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Wind rekindles forest fires in east China's Fujian Province
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11:33, February 14, 2009

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Wind rekindled several forest fires in eastern China's Fujian Province on Friday afternoon, just hours after the blazes were brought under control, local officials said.

On Friday morning, more than 3,000 people, including police, firemen and villagers, managed to bring fire at 11 sites in Shaxian County under control, but smoldering fires were reignited at eight sites by wind.

Also, a new blaze broke out in the hills of Guanxie Village. Flames were as high as 7 meters as of 8 p.m.

Some 3,500 people with 25 fire engines were trying to extinguish the fires.

Forest fires elsewhere in Fujian delayed more than a dozen trains Thursday.

Zhu Teng, head of the Shaxian armed forces department, said dry weather had probably caused some of the fires. Also, he said, as spring planting season had arrived, farmers might be using fire to clear their land, and that practice could have sparked some blazes.


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