Forest fire threatens to engulf China's famous sacred mountain

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.

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