Chinese premier stresses forest fire prevention and control

Beijing: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for solid efforts to prevent forest and grassland fires in autumn and winter.

Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks in an instruction on the country’s fire prevention and control work.

Authorities should strengthen coordination and make joint efforts to prevent and control fires, Li said.

He also called for better use of high-tech means to prevent and control fires and the accelerated construction of fire-control facilities.

Efforts should be made to enhance the country’s ability to prevent and put out fires and forestall major accidents, Li said.

Attending a national teleconference on forest and grassland fire prevention and control on Friday, State Councilor Wang Yong called for solid preparation against major fires during the peak fire seasons.

Wang, also head of the national headquarters of forest and grassland fire prevention and control, stressed fire control efforts during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holiday.