Forest fire threatens to engulf China`s famous sacred mountain
Strong winds are directing the fire towards Mount Tai.
Beijing: A forest fire that broke out in
east China`s Shandong Province on Monday is threatening to engulf
one of China`s most sacred mountains, Mount Tai, listed among
the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Fires broke out in several locations in the
mountainous area near Shandong`s capital city of Jinan around
Strong winds are directing the fire towards Mount Tai,
carrying a great historical and cultural significance, Zhao
Dekui, a representative from the provincial forestry
department was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
More than 200 firefighters have been sent to build a
"buffer zone" in the city of Tai`an, where Mount Tai is
Its peak, referred to as the "Jade Emperor Peak", is
approximately 1,500 meters above sea level.