Wed, April 13, 2011
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Forest fire breaks out in north China

2011-04-13 07:51:32 GMT2011-04-13 15:51:32(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A man extinguishes a fire in the forest at the border area of Qinhuangdao City's Funing County and Qinglong County, north China's Hebei Province, April 13, 2011. The forest fire broke out Tuesday noon, with over 7,000 mu (466.66 hectares) of forest burnt as of Wednesday noon, local authorities said. (Xinhua/Yang Shiyao)

Fire fighters hose down fire in the forest at the border area of Qinhuangdao City's Funing County and Qinglong County, north China's Hebei Province, April 13, 2011. The forest fire broke out Tuesday noon, with over 7,000 mu (466.66 hectares) of forest burnt as of Wednesday noon. (Xinhua/Yang Shiyao)

Fire fighters extinguish a fire in the forest at the border area of Qinhuangdao City's Funing County and Qinglong County, north China's Hebei Province, April 13, 2011. The forest fire broke out Tuesday noon, with over 7,000 mu (466.66 hectares) of forest burnt as of Wednesday noon, local authorities said. (Xinhua/Yang Shiyao)

People extinguish a fire in the forest at the border area of Qinhuangdao City's Funing County and Qinglong County, north China's Hebei Province, April 13, 2011. The forest fire broke out Tuesday noon, with over 7,000 mu (466.66 hectares) of forest burnt as of Wednesday noon, local authorities said. (Xinhua/Yang Shiyao)

A man extinguishes a fire in the forest at the border area of Qinhuangdao City's Funing County and Qinglong County, north China's Hebei Province, April 13, 2011. The forest fire broke out Tuesday noon, with over 7,000 mu (466.66 hectares) of forest burnt as of Wednesday noon, local authorities said. (Xinhua/Yang Shiyao)

Fire fighters extinguish a fire in the forest at the border area of Qinhuangdao City's Funing County and Qinglong County, north China's Hebei Province, April 13, 2011. The forest fire broke out Tuesday noon, with over 7,000 mu (466.66 hectares) of forest burnt as of Wednesday noon, local authorities said. (Xinhua/Yang Shiyao)

SHIJIAZHUANG, April 13 (Xinhua) -- A forest fire broke out Tuesday noon in north China's Hebei Province, with over 7,000 mu (466.66 hectares) of forest burnt as of Wednesday noon, local authorities said.

The fire broke out at the border area of Qinhuangdao City's Funing County and Qinglong County, said a spokesman with Funing County government.

More than 7,550 police, soldiers, officials and fire fighters had been mobilized to battle the blaze. Three helicopters were also used to dump water on the fire.

Relocation of nearby villagers is underway.

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