The fire in northeast China's forest fire had been extinguished
as of Sunday morning, said sources with the local government.
About 3,530 people, including the firefighters and the armed
police, have been mobilized to fight the fire in Heilongjiang
Province. Local meteorological staffs created artificial rains to
help quench the flames.
A clean-up operation of the site is underway.
The blazes were spotted last Friday in the forest areas between
Heihe City and Yichun City, bordering the Lesser Hinggan
Severe drought hit the province this summer and the average
temperature this autumn was higher than usual, posing a high fire
risk to forests in the region, according to the provincial
The Lesser Hinggan Mountains and the Greater Hinggan Mountains
form the country's largest forest zone.
(Xinhua News Agency October 7, 2007)