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China reveals 30 killed fighting forest fire in Sichuan province

China reveals 30 killed fighting forest fire in Sichuan province

At least 27 firefighters have died after they were sent to take out a forest blaze in remote mountains in southwest China’s Sichuan province at the weekend, authorities said on Monday.

According to the Ministry of Emergency Management and the military, the deaths occurred after a change of wind on Sunday as the firefighters were battling the blaze in a rocky area at an altitude of 3,800 metres.

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China has been battling forest fires in recent weeks in various parts of the vast country, including on the outskirts of Beijing, fed by dry weather and high winds across many northern areas.

Several workers have also died in recent industrial accidents, including 85 in a pair of explosions last month.

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