Forest fire threatens to engulf China`s famous sacred mountain

Strong winds are directing the fire towards Mount Tai.

Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 22:17 PM IST

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
9 am.

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
located.

Its peak, referred to as the "Jade Emperor Peak", is
approximately 1,500 meters above sea level.

PTI