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Harbin cracks down on straw fires
2019- 02- 25

A crackdown was launched last year on the burning of straw in fields across Harbin, Heilongjiang province, with strict measures expected to remain in place for the new farming season, according to information from Harbin ecological environment bureau.

The new wave of enforcement will be carried out by the bureau and monitored by the provincial-level environment protection department from Feb 16 to March 2.

From October to December 2018, Harbin witnessed 86 days with air quality rated either “excellent” or “good” –– 27 more than in 2017, ranking it first for improvement out of 169 key cities across the country.

Harbin has established an accountability standards and grid management system for straw burning; set up a telephone hotline to report the illegal burning of straw, and set up six city-level inspection teams conducting round-the-clock inspections.

The city is also using a fleet of 196 drones to monitor burning, with the drones able to detect fires using thermal imaging lenses. Data from the drones is sent back to a monitoring center, allowing for a quick response and deterring others from burning straw.

A drone patrols a field in Harbin. [Photo/]

A drone designed to detect fires is photographed above a field. [Photo/]

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