- CNTV English - CCTV News

Forest fires raze N.E. China

07-03-2010 09:22 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

More than 21,000 firefighters are battling forest fires triggered by lightning in northeast China. It's part of the final assault of their week-long efforts.

Firefighters have extinguished all forest fires in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and secured control of blazes in neighboring Heilongjiang Province.

As of Friday morning, three major fires have been brought under control in the Greater Hinggan Mountains' Huzhong forest zone.

To prevent the blazes from spreading to a nearby reservation, authorities quickly sent 700 firefighters to the front site with helicopters.

Firefighters have worked tirelessly since arriving on the scene.

Zhao Guoqing, Officer, Fire Brigade, said, "After putting out the fire, we went back to our basement to rest. Then we got the order to fly to Feihu Mountain, to which we responded immediately."

Zhang Daoxin, Firefighter, said, "We have fought the fires for four days, day and night. I've slept less than four hours in four days."

Each of the rescuers, carrying about 25 kilograms of equipment on his back, could only carry four bottles of drinking water.

An even bigger problem has been the lack of water to put out the fires.

Another ongoing battle is to ensure crucial supplies reach the fire sites.

Civil affair, transport and health departments are working together to ensure food, water, equipment, and medical staff are flown to the scene.

The fire broke out in a part of the Greater Hinggan Mountains in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, before extending to neighboring Heilongjiang Province.

Blazes have engulfed more than 30 sites in the two regions.


Related stories

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program