Fri, February 13, 2009
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Forest fire delays trains, blocks highways in Fujian

2009-02-13 06:16:01 GMT2009-02-13 14:16:01 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

Photo taken on Feb. 12, 2009 shows the forest fire at Qingzhou Township of Shaxian County, southeast China's Fujian Province. A forest fire breaking out at about 12:30 p.m. local time on Thursday in Shaxian County, 270 km from Fujian's capital Fuzhou, was driven by wind toward villages along National Highway No. 205. The cause of the fire was under investigation. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun)

Photo taken on Feb. 12, 2009 shows the forest fire at Qingzhou Township of Shaxian County, southeast China's Fujian Province. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun)

Chinese soldiers climbs onto a mountain to fight the forest fire which raged through the mountains in Shaxian county, 270 kilometers west of Fujian's capital of Fuzhou, February 12, 2009. [Xinhua]

A forest fire rages through the mountains in Shaxian county, 270 kilometers west of Fujian's capital of Fuzhou, February 12, 2009. [CFP]

A forest fire rages through a mountain in Shaxian county, 270 kilometers west of Fujian's capital of Fuzhou, February 12, 2009. [Xinhua]

FUZHOU -- A forest fire in east China's Fujian Province delayed more than a dozen trains Thursday, said local authorities.

The fire broke out at about 12:30 pm in Shaxian County, 270 km from Fujian's capital Fuzhou, cutting off power to the Sanming section of the Hengfeng-Fuzhou and Yingtan-Xiamen railway lines and delaying 26 trains.

Free food and water were offered to passengers before their travel resumed at about 9 pm.

Wind drove the fire toward National Highway No. 205, and sections of the Fuzhou-Yinchuan and Nanchang-Fuzhou highways were temporarily blocked.

More than 1,500 policemen and firefighters were trying to put out the fire, and it was expected to be extinguished Friday morning.

Eleven people were evacuated out of safety concern.

No casualties were reported so far and cause of the fire is under investigation.

Another forest fire broke out in the eastern Jiangxi province at about 6:50 pm, delaying a train heading for Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu.

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