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China Says 30 Killed Fighting Mountain Forest Fire

Chinese firefighters battle flames in western mountains, on March 30.

Chinese firefighters battle flames in western mountains, on March 30.

Photographer: Shan he/ICHPL Imaginechina/AP Photo

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Beijing (AP) -- A fire high in the mountains of western China's Sichuan province has killed 30 firefighters and others, the government said Monday.

The deaths occurred after a change of wind Sunday as the firefighters were battling the blaze in a rugged area at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,500 feet), according to the Ministry of Emergency Management and the military. Among the dead were 27 firefighters and three local residents recruited to help fight the blaze, the ministry said.