Cause of Sichuan Forest Fire Identified

April 5, 2019  Editor: Sandy Zhu


The 80-year-old pine tree was found with obvious traces of lightning strikes and burns. [Photo/People's Daily]


Lightning hitting a pine tree caused the recent forest fire in Muli County, Sichuan province, according to a report published Friday by the local forestry department.

The report is the result of an investigation that began April 2.

The 80-year-old pine tree in question stands on a ridge in the forest, bearing obvious signs of lightning strikes and burns.

The tree is the origin of the fire that killed 27 firefighters and three locals.


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