Forest fire under control after 19 hours in NE China

21:59, October 29, 2010      

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A forest fire in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province has been brought under control after 19 hours, according to a local forestry official on Friday afternoon.

As of 4:20 p.m., the fire was reported to be under control, after more than 2,500 police and firefighters, as well as three helicopters, had been sent to the forest on the border of Shangganling District and Zhanhe area in Yichun City, said Jiang Chengyi, office director of the Heilongjiang Provincial Forest Fire Prevention Headquarters.

The fire, which started Thursday morning, was triggered by the burning of fallen leaves and branches, which is a normal operating procedure for the forest services, Jiang said.

Weather forecasters have predicted that the area will be sunny over the next two days and the temperature will be minus three to ten degrees Celsius. Also, snow might arrive between late Saturday and late Sunday.



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