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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Xinjiang primeval forest catches fire

Xinjiang  Uygur China map "A forest fire struck a reserve at Altay of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Sunday night, and by Monday noon the flames, fanned by strong winds, had devoured a land area of 150,000 square meters.

Nearly 200 people including rangers and members of the armed frontier defense have rushed to the site, about 20 kilometers from the scenic spot Kanas Lake,(100kms from Urumqi Ed. Note) northwest China.

Local fire-fighting sources said this could be the year's largest forest fire. Causes of the fire are still under investigation.

Earlier this year, the Kanas Nature Reserve was twice hit by fire, mainly because of illegal excavation of the medicinal herb caterpillar fungus."

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NW China Primeval Forest Catches Fire" www.chinaview.cn 2004-06-07 15:09:40(7-6-04)
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