As warm and dry weather is once again upon us, another seasonal occurrence has also returned. Several forest fires have been put out across the province.
Only this morning a fire that started on Sunday and spread across 40 hectares in Yulong County, Lijiang Prefecture, was put out with the help of 579 fire fighters and the mobilization of three helicopters. One international news source suggested the fire may have been caused by a villager during tomb-sweeping, which usually involves burning incense.
Nearly 1000 people are fighting another fire — also started on Sunday afternoon — in Nanjian County, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. In addition to over 130 professional firefighters and over 800 local officials and residents, six fire engines and two helicopters were also dispatched to extinguish the fire. The government said no casualties were caused and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.