Chinese police have detained a suspect in connection with a
forest fire in northeast China early this month.
Wu Degui, the detained suspect, is a mushroom-picker who is
suspected to have set more than 6,000 hectares of grassland and
forests in Yichun city of Heilongjiang Province, on fire, local
Wu, a migrant worker who was living in a village in the
neighboring Heihe city, confessed that he smoked and tossed
cigarette butts when he went into the forest to pick wild
mushrooms, police said.
The fire was spotted on Oct. 3. More than 4,000 fire-fighters,
armed police and local residents fought against the fire for four
consecutive days before it was extinguished on Oct. 7. The fire
ravaged more than 6,566 hectares of land, including 85 hectares of
Chinese law stipulates that those who unintentionally cause a
fire could face detention and even jail terms.
(Xinhua News Agency October 28, 2007)