Fri, February 13, 2009
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Forest fire in E China's Fujian under control

2009-02-13 04:56:48 GMT2009-02-13 12:56:48 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Armed Policemen are going to put out forest fire in Shaxian County of Sanming City, 270 km from Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian province Feb. 13, 2009. A fire in the province was under control Friday morning after burning for 22 hours and devastating a swath of mountain forests bordering farmhouses, local authorities said. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun)

Armed Policemen are going to put out forest fire in Shaxian County of Sanming City, 270 km from Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian province, Feb. 13, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun)

Flame of embers is seen in Shaxian County of Sanming City, 270 km. from Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian province, Feb. 13, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun)

FUZHOU, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- A fire in east China's Fujian Province was put out Friday morning, about 22 hours after it claimed mountain forests only a few paces from the nearest farmhouses, local authorities said.

As of 10:30 a.m., no visible fire was seen at the fire site, which extended to 10 villages in Shaxian County of Sanming City, 270 km from the provincial capital Fuzhou, a forestry official told Xinhua.

More than 3,000 people, including police officers, firemen and villagers, were mobilized to fight the fire, which burned across 130 hectares of forest since 12:30 p.m. Thursday, said Lu Yueliang, deputy forestry chief of the province.

"They are still patrolling the mountains fearing flames might erupt again," he said.

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