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Tags: AS | China | Forest | Fire | Deaths

China Military Says 24 Killed Fighting Mountain Forest Fire

Monday, 01 April 2019 05:38 AM

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese military says 24 firefighters have been killed while battling a forest fire high in the mountains of western Sichuan province.

The People's Liberation Army's Western Theater Command said the deaths occurred after a change of wind Sunday as the firefighters were battling the blaze in a rugged area at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,500 feet).

A total of 689 firefighters were battling the blaze that erupted on Saturday, but contact was lost Sunday with 30. Two helicopters carrying medical staff were dispatched and two of the missing firefighters were found and confirmed the deaths of the others.

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The Chinese military says 24 firefighters have been killed while battling a forest fire high in the mountains of western Sichuan province.The People's Liberation Army's Western Theater Command said the deaths occurred after a change of wind Sunday as the firefighters were...
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