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    Two firefighters work to put out some burning brush in a forest in Muli county on Feb. 12. Photo: VCG
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Gallery: Fighting Fires in China

A remote forest fire that broke out Saturday in Southwest China’s Sichuan province has killed 30 of the 689 people sent to contain it. Forest fires occur frequently around the country during the spring in China. Of those who died, 27 were firefighters and three were employees of the fire department of Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture’s Muli county, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

04.02.2019
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Two firefighters work to put out some burning brush in a forest in Muli county on Feb. 12. Photo: VCG
Smoke rises through the trees on Feb. 12 after a forest fire in the county. Photo: VCG
Firefighters plan how to control a fire in Mianning county in Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture on March 27. Photo: VCG
A medical team boards a helicopter on Monday to assist firefighters in Muli county. Photo: VCG
Thousands of residents of the city of Xichang gather on Tuesday to present ceremonial Tibetian scarves to the 30 people who died in forest fires in the prefecture. The scarves, called khata, which symbolize compassion, are traditionally worn or presented at funerals, among other occasions. Photo: IC
Two firefighters climb up a burning slope to extinguish a fire in Beijing’s Miyun district on Saturday. Photo: VCG
A team of firefighters head to a forest fire in the city of Changzhi, Shanxi province, on Sunday. Photo: VCG

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