Firefighters battle Yunnan mountain blaze

China | 11 Feb 2019 4:45 pm

Local authorities said today a fire in a mountainous region in Dali, a well-known tourist attraction in southwest Yunnan province, has been extinguished, with no casualties reported, Xinhua reported.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon in Haidong Township in Dali. More than 1,500 firefighters were dispatched for the fire-fighting task. The fire was put out at 10:45pm yesterday, according to the city's publicity department.

About 700 firefighters remain on standby at the site to prevent further disasters.

A preliminary investigation said the fire, which spread across about 63 hectares of forest, was caused by a short circuit in high-voltage lines.

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