CHINA China acts to prevent wildfires


China acts to prevent wildfires


02:21, March 13, 2020

A firefighter works to extinguish the blaze at a forest in the Greater Hinggan Mountains, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, July 9, 2017. (Photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING, March 12 (Xinhua) -- China will launch a three-month special action nationwide targeting potential wildfire hazards starting from March 15 to prevent forest and grassland fires, the Ministry of Emergency Management said Thursday.

The national forest and grassland fire control command office has issued a circular on the campaign, urging local authorities to roll out action plans in accordance with local fire-prevention conditions.

Localities should strengthen organization, stay vigilant toward risks and beef up efforts to prevent wildfires and related accidents, said the circular.

Statistics have shown that more than 97 percent of forest and grassland fires were triggered by human activities over the past 10 years.

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