Forest / Wild Fire – Asia – China

EDIS Number: WF-20120410-34834-CHN
Date / time: 10/04/2012 14:06:49 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Hebei
Location: [Near to Chengde City]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: 2000 person(s)
Damage level: Heavy


More than 2,000 people are struggling to put out a forest fire that has been raging on a mountain to the northeast of Beijing, local authorities said Tuesday. Steep hills, strong winds and poor telecommunications have added difficulty to efforts to control the blaze, which started on a mountain in Chengde city, Hebei province, at about 1 pm Monday, according to a spokesman for provincial forest fire control authorities. The cause of the fire remains unclear, he said. Vice-provincial governor Shen Xiaoping has arrived at the site, less than 200 km away from Beijing, to oversee the operation.

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