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The World : Shells to Fight China Fire

May 24, 1987

China's worst forest fire has moved to within six miles of vast virgin forests in Inner Mongolia, and among forces sent to the area are nearly 300 men equipped with 18 artillery pieces that can fire shells containing rain-making chemicals, the official media reported. The Beijing Evening News said the blaze had broken through a firebreak 75 miles long and was continuing to spread south. In the last two weeks, the fire has killed more than 200 people, left 50,000 homeless and devastated almost 1.5 million acres of forest.

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