HOHHOT, May 18 (Xinhua) -- A raging forest fire in
northern China was put out on Thursday with no reported casualties, the
fire-fighting headquarters said.
Around 3,300 police and firemen fought the blaze since it erupted on Tuesday due to lightning strikes in the
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
The blaze engulfed some 8,300 hectares of camphor
pine forest in Ewenki Autonomous Banner of Hulun Buir City.
It approached a town of 4,200 people Wednesday
evening, but reinforced fire-fighting efforts stopped it from threatening the
population on Thursday.
Two planes and 22 rockets were used Thursday morning
to make rain and even a slight sleet, which greatly contributed to the
eradication of the fire, the headquarters said.
Evacuation procedures had been prepared in case of
Strong winds, continuous high temperature, thick
grass in the oil-rich camphor pine forest and weak fire-control infrastructure
had made fire-fighting difficult, according to officials with local forestry
The forest, covering 119,000 hectares of land, is
China's largest virgin camphor pine area. As a state-level natural reserve,the
forest region also boasts a park featuring picturesque sceneries. Enditem