BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhuanet) -- More than 5,340 forest
fires happened in the second quarter of this year, leaving 41 people killed, 15
injured and more than 24,160 hectares of forest affected.
The number of fires and casualties were both reported
a slight rise over the average level at the same period of past three years,
sounding the alarm bell for the forest fire prevention and control across the
country, said Cao Qingyao, spokesman of the theState Forestry Administration
Cao Said the SFA has sent work teams to the
fire-prone areas, such as the northeastern and southwestern parts, to supervise
the fire-prevention work. More than 3,500 fire cases had been dealt with and 639
were given penal punishment.
All the forestry departments were required to
strengthen management on the fire sources in the wild in the third quarter,
aseason that is prone to lightning-triggered forest fire, said