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Thousands battle forest fire in northeast China

05-06-2011 11:45 BJT

HARBIN, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of fire fighters are battling to contain a forest fire in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, local authorities said Thursday.

The fire, stretching about 500 meters in a forest in Jiayin County, Yichun City, started Thursday morning, said an official with the city's forest fire control headquarters.

More than 5,300 people and three helicopters have been mobilized to put out the fire, he said.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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