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Fire in China

Monday, 04 June 2018

Type of Event:
Fires
Location of Event:
China
Date of Charter Activation:
2018-06-04
Time of Charter Activation:
11:28
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+08:00
Charter Requestor:
National Disaster Reduction Center of China
Activation ID:
575
Project Management:
CNSA/NDRCC

Description of the event

A serious forest fire broke out in a mountainous area of northern China after a spell of prolonged high temperatures and dry conditions. Fires in the Daxing'anling prefecture, Inner Mongolia spread to over 5,000 hectares.

High winds and a dry spring contributed to perfect conditions for the fires which spread more than 7km, prompting over 1300 firefighters to be deployed in tackling the fires.

A change in wind forced the fire towards the southwest making firefighting efforts more difficult. Another fire in a national nature reserve spread to neighbouring Heilongjiang Province due to high winds.

In total over 4000 people have been deployed including forest police to assist in the operation.