BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao has ordered stepping up efforts to prevent forest fires amid global
warming and frequent forest fires in the world.
Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu also demanded further
improving forest fire prevention measures and fire fighting capabilities.
At a national conference on preventing forest fires
this autumn and winter, held on Sunday and Monday, experts said that most areas
in China would experience high temperature and not much rain this autumn and
winter, which could make the woods more vulnerable to fire risks.
Meanwhile, the amount of combustibles in the woods
keeps rising as the country's forests grow steadily in recent years, adding to
the risks of forest fires.
Average temperature in the first seven months in
China was 1.4 degrees centigrade higher than normal years and the highest on
record, said Lei Jiafu, vice director of the State Forestry Administration.
He said the administration faces a serious scenario
in forest fire prevention this autumn and winter.
"The tasks are arduous," he said.
The conference asked local forest fire prevention
sectors to reinforce their efforts in eliminating possible risks and keep alert
to any outbreak. It also urged immediate action in case of fire outbreaks.
A rehearsal to stamp out a large-scale forest fire
was staged on the sidelines of the conference.