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 China forest fire: 24 dead as firefighters battle
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China forest fire: 24 dead as firefighters battle

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Beijing, Apr 1 : At least 24 people died after firefighters were sent to combat a forest blaze in remote mountains in southwest China at the weekend, state media said on Monday. Hundreds of firefighters were deployed to battle the fire, which broke out on Saturday evening on steep terrain at an altitude of around 3,800 metres (12,500 feet), local officials said, according to a report of the East Coast Radio.

Authorities in Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture said they lost contact with 30 firefighters on Sunday afternoon after a sudden change in wind direction ignited a larger blaze. Officials were able to speak to two firefighters who confirmed that 24 had died, according to a newspaper group affiliated with the People's Liberation Army.