Apr 1, 2019

30 Die Fighting Forest Fire in China

Sichuan
China
by
Steven Lee Myers
,
The New York Times
Smoke from a forest fire in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province, China, on Monday. Credit: Xinhua, via Associated Press
Smoke from a forest fire in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province, China, on Monday. Credit: Xinhua, via Associated Press

A forest fire in southwestern China turned deadly over the weekend when winds shifted unexpectedly, trapping firefighters and local officials in a maelstrom. The bodies of 30 people who could not escape were found on Monday, officials announced, even as the fire continued to burn out of control.

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Although forest fires are common in China in the spring, the government had issued fire warnings in recent days in Sichuan and several other regions experiencing high temperatures and drought.