Forest fire in Wutai Mountain


Xinzhou, China, March 21 (Li Tingyao, Lu Qi Guo) on March 20, baiyun temple in Wutai Mountain, Shanxi Province was threatened by a mountain fire. The fire was only fifty or sixty meters away from the temple building. More than 120 officers and men of Taiyuan fire rescue detachment carrying out the task of remote reinforcement rushed up the hillside with a slope of more than 70 degrees to fight against the open fire for more than 10 hours, ensuring the safety of baiyun temple.
At 18:10 on March 19, a fire broke out near the beautiful cableway parking lot of fomudong in Taihuai Town, Wutai Mountain scenic spot. Baiyun temple was about 1km away from the fire point in a straight line. The fire threatened baiyun temple and baiyun temple village nearby from the south, West and North.
At about 11:30 on March 20, when more than 120 officers and men of Taiyuan fire rescue detachment and more than 20 fire trucks arrived at baiyun temple for remote assistance, there were open fires on both sides of the north and south sides of the temple. Among them, a fire on the North hillside is only 20 meters away from the temple wall, and another fire is close to the peacock breeding site on the west side of the temple.
After the emergency reconnaissance of the fire, Taiyuan fire rescue detachment determined to take baiyun temple as the core, the south side of the temple from baiyun temple to the East-West Road along the Buddha mother hole as the main battlefield, deployed 13 large tonnage water tank fire trucks to set up water guns and water cannon positions, adopted the operational policy of combining fighting with separation and wetting the mountain to stop the fire, and immediately carried out open fire blocking.
At this time, Shen Guangting, the leader of the special service brigade of the detachment, has led two squadron commanders to climb the hillside on the north side of baiyun temple for further fire detection. At 12 o’clock, 12 firefighters of two fighting groups climbed up the hillside, laid more than 100 meters water belt, and shovel and other fire fighting tools, and began to block open flames.
Taiyuan fire rescue detachment takes baiyun temple as the core, the east-west road from baiyun temple to Buddha mother cave as the main battlefield, and 13 large tonnage water tank fire trucks are deployed to set water guns and water cannon positions. Photographed by Li Tingyao
The fight was extremely difficult. The slope on the north side of baiyun temple is more than 70 degrees, so it is difficult for people to stand naturally, and the pressure of fire hose is very high. A little carelessness may cause firefighters to fall down the slope. In order to ensure safety, some firefighters kneel on the hillside, some lie on the hillside, some use the fire rescue rope to tie themselves to the tree, and work together to hold the fire water gun and continue to shoot water.
At the same time, another group of firefighters from Taiyuan fire rescue detachment rushed to the south slope of baiyun temple to block the open fire.
After the initial control of the open fire on the north and south sides of baiyun temple, firefighters began shovel the fire to clean up, and then transferred to the fire field guard.
Reporters at around 1:00 on the 21st saw that there are still firefighters clinging to the hillside on the north side of the temple.
The slope on the north side of baiyun temple is more than 70 degrees, so it is very difficult to fight. Photographed by Li Tingyao
At about 8:00 on the 21st, the reporter came to baiyun temple again and found that there was no open fire on the North hillside, only sporadic fire and smoke spots on the south hillside. From time to time, the helicopter could be seen in the air sprinkling water on the fire spot. After the Inner Mongolia forest fire brigade and the local people put out the fire together, many sporadic fire spots were put out.
So far, the fire threat of baiyun temple in Wutai Mountain has been completely eliminated.