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|Friday, August 24, 2001, updated at 10:24(GMT+8)|
Burned Wild Almond Forest FlourishingThe almond forest destroyed by a devastating fire at the Sino-Kazakhstan border last year began to bear fruit recently.
The almond forest, which covers 400 hectares in Yumin County in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, is believed to be the largest of its kind in the world. It was completely destroyed when a fire, which broke out in Kazakhstan, swept across the Sino-Kazakhstan border last August. The fire lasted more than 10 hours before it was extinguished by local fire-fighters.
As fire only destroyed the parts of trees above ground and did not damage their roots, most of the burned almond trees began to burgeon in Spring and bore fruit thanks to the meticulous care of local residents.
A forest expert said it will take five to 10 years for the forest to be fully revitalized.
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