|Fire fighters try to extinguish a fire raging through the forest at Changbanqiao village of Anha township in Xichang, Southwest China's Sichuan province, April 11, 2014. A forest fire broke out here on Friday, covering an area of some 3 hectares. About 700 people have been sent to put out the blaze. [Photo/Xinhua]|
CHENGDU, April 11-- A forest fire is raging in southwest China's Sichuan Province, threatening a factory with explosive storage nearby, local authorities said on Friday.
A fire broke out at around 2:46 p.m. in a forest near Changbanqiao Village in the remote Liangshan Prefecture under the city of Xichang, which is mainly populated by ethnic Yi people, the sources with Liangshan forest police said.
The fire covers an area of three hectares and may threaten a chemical factory with nearby explosive storage, the sources said.
Firefighters, forest police officers, armed police and a helicopter have been dispatched to battle the blaze.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.