BEIJING, April 1 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese
official has put the country's forestry firemen on alert for the coming
tomb-sweeping day, a traditional holiday for Chinese to light incense, burn
paper money to honor their dead ancestors.
Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu delivered his warning on Saturday as he inspected the forest fire
prevention center under the State Forestry Administration.
After he was given an account of the country's
current forest fire conditions, Hui called on governments at various levels
to pay close attention to fire prevention.
"Spring is a golden time to plant trees, but it is
also a crucial season to prevent forest fire," he said.
Fire risk runs high in most regions due to strong
winds, rising temperature, and lack of moisture of the season, Hui said, and it
is more dangerous when people come outdoors to pay tribute to the dead during
the tomb-sweeping season.
The traditional holiday falls on April 5 every year.
Hui's warning came amid an intensive fire fight in
north and southwest China, where forest fires broke out in four counties of
Shanxi Province and one city in Yunnan Province, drawing more than 23,000
firemen to the sites.
As he showed gratitude towards these firemen, Hui
called for more efforts to stamp out these fires in good time so as to ensure
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