FOREST FIRE COMBAT SUFFERS SETBACK

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(0217 CR M13)FOREST FIRE COMBAT SUFFERS SETBACKDATELINE: Feb. 17, 2012LENGTH: 00:00:44CATEGORY: SOCIETYFOREST FIRE COMBAT SUFFERS SETBACKVOA combat against a forest fire in southwest China's Yunnan Province suffered a setback on Thursday after parts of embers have rekindled.A local official said the fire broke out at around 9 a.m. Tuesday on a mountain in Yuxi city. As of Tuesday afternoon the fire has swept through more than 33 hectares of land due to strong winds and high temperatures.The fire was basically contained at 11 a.m. Thursday. However, some embers rekindled two hours later because of the strong winds.More than 500 people have been combating the fire in the area, ready to put out the rekindled embers.No casualties or property losses have been reported so far. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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