POLICE WORK HARD TO CONSTRAIN FIRE
Hundreds of kilometers (km) away in the eastern Tibet autonomous region, the Diqing Tibetan autonomous prefecture has been standing as an ecological barrier to the plateau. Forestry police have overcome difficulties in the mountainous area in fire control to save the forests and the wildlife.
The multi-ethnic prefecture of Diqing also maintains the tradition that people sweep the tombs of their deceased family members. In April or May, people burn papers to pay homage to the dead that often cause flares near the forests. Because most trees still have dried leaves, it can accelerate a fire if one occurs.
Bao Congfang, political advisor of the Diqing Forestry Police, said the arduous task of fighting to save forests that have a fire means each policeman must have at least 30 kilograms of equipment and food and water.
“During high frequencies of flames, the air flow in between mountains is also extremely turbulent and can increase the risks of using helicopters to control the fire. Therefore, our police must pump the water and spray extinguishing agents manually, and will only snap for five hours a week in case of infernos,” Bao said. “Some would fall asleep when they leaned on the wooden sticks that helped them in firefighting.”