BEIJING, January 13, Xinhua -- China saw fewer forest fires as well as shrinking affected forest area in 2019 thanks to effective prevention and firefighting work.

Forest public security 2.24 China reports fewer forest fires in 2019

Aerial photo taken on July 12, 2019 shows the forest-patroller station on Mount Fajiu, 25 km west of Zhangzi County, north China's Shanxi Province. (Xinhua/Yang Chenguang)

A total of 2,345 forest fires broke out last year, down by 133 cases, or 5.4 percent over 2018, data from the Ministry of Emergency Management showed Monday.
The affected forest area was reduced by 17.2 percent compared with 2018.

The ministry attributed the drops of forest fire outbreaks and affected areas to enhanced cross-department coordination, professional teams and effective monitoring and prevention measures.

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