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More than 6,000 fighting forest fire in Heilongjiang

ABOUT 6,350 people are fighting a forest fire in northeastern China's Heilongjiang Province that has killed one person and ravaged more than 100 square kilometers of wooded area, the emergency office of the provincial government said today.

More than 1,200 forest police are included in the total, the rest being professional firefighters. Five large helicopters have been sent to help fight the fire.

The fire in Yinanhe Forest Farm, under the Zhanhe Forestry Bureau, was reported on Monday afternoon and has since killed one person and injured four others, affected more than 20,000 local residents and ravaged more than 100 square kilometers of woods, according to the emergency office.

The cause of the fire isn't known.

People living as far as 35 km from the fire site were being evacuated, although the exact number being forced to move was not immediately known.

The fire had spread to the Yichun Youhao Forest Farm and Shangganlin Forest Farm in Yichun City, Wang Aiwen, vice mayor of Yichun, said earlier.

Five forestry bureaus in Yichun and Heihe cities are threatened.

Wang said earlier that high temperatures and strong winds were making firefighting more difficult.


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