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    Post Wildfires China...(Yes, China)

    BEIJING (AP) - More than 4,500 firefighters were struggling to
    control several wildfires raging in the Greater Hinggan Mountains
    in northeastern China, officials and state media said Thursday.
    No injuries have been reported in the eight fires, sparked by
    lightning strikes in late July, the official Xinhua News Agency
    said. It was not immediately clear how big an area had been
    affected.
    They have burned unchecked because of their remote location and
    have been fueled by prolonged hot weather, Xinhua said.
    The Beijing Morning Post said about 4,500 firefighters were
    battling the blazes. Attempts to provoke rainfall through
    cloud-seeding have not been successful because of unfavorable
    weather conditions, Xinhua said. Only one fire has been brought
    under control, the news agency said.
    Additional firefighting equipment, such as water guns and water
    bags, is urgently needed, Xinhua said.
    "It is very difficult to bring forest fires under control, and
    they still need more manpower at the spot," said an official at
    the State Forestry Bureau's media office, who refused to give his
    name.
    The Greater Hinggan Mountains stretch through the northern
    region of Inner Mongolia and contain China's largest forest.

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    Post Update 8/11

    BEIJING (AP) - Wildfires raging in northeast China's Greater
    Hinggan Mountains since July are now under control and clean-up
    work has begun, a fire official said Sunday.
    More than 5,000 firefighters and forestry workers struggled to
    control about 10 fires, sparked by lightning strikes in late July,
    state media has said. No injuries have been reported, and it was
    not immediately clear how big an area had been affected.
    "We're now focusing on preventing the fires from rekindling and
    spreading. The temperatures have been very high these days and
    there's no rainfall in sight," said an official from the fire
    control department of the State Forestry Bureau, who would only
    give his surname Hao.
    The blazes were brought under control Friday afternoon, and
    precautionary fire lines have been extended up to 230 feet, the
    state-run People's Daily newspaper reported Saturday.
    The flames burned largely unchecked because of the remote
    location and were fueled by prolonged hot weather.
    The Greater Hinggan Mountains stretch through the northern
    region of Inner Mongolia and contain China's largest forest.
    A huge fire in 1987 caused losses worth millions of dollars, the
    official Xinhua News Agency has said.
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