CHINA Forest fire contained in southwest China's Sichuan

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Forest fire contained in southwest China's Sichuan

Xinhua

14:16, April 02, 2019

CHENGDU, April 2 (Xinhua) -- A fire that engulfed around 15 hectares of forest in southwest China's Sichuan Province has been contained as of Tuesday noon, local authorities said.

"However, there are still areas that are burning. Due to complex terrain, we need more time to extinguish the fire," said Wu Song, county chief of Muli, Sichuan's Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture.

"We're ready to increase precipitation artificially," Wu said.

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A fire that engulfed around 15 hectares of forest in southwest China's Sichuan Province has been contained as of Tuesday noon. (Photo: VCG)

Local authorities have dispatched more than 600 people to quench the blaze which broke out at around 6 p.m. on Saturday at a remote spot in the mountains at an altitude of over 3,700 meters.

Thirty people, including 27 firefighters and three locals, lost their lives while fighting the fire. 

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