200-Year-Old Willow Tree Bursts into Flames in China Heat Wave

A 200-year-old willow tree spontaneously burst into flames on Aug. 10 in the China heat wave. (Image: via  pixabay /  CC0 1.0)
A 200-year-old willow tree spontaneously burst into flames on Aug. 10 in the China heat wave. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

High temperatures kill five people in Wuhan, China. Temperatures continue to soar in the China heat wave. A 200-year-old willow tree spontaneously burst into flames on Aug. 10, according to Wuhan Morning News reports.

The villagers from Street View Village of Xinzhou District, Wuhan City, tried to fight the fire, but needed help and reported it to police. Firefighters took over and extinguished the flames an hour later.

According to reports, the tree was about 30 feet high, and the trunk was so thick that three young men holding hands couldn’t reach around it.

Villager Chen Haiqi said he saw that the tree was on fire around 9:00 a.m., so he quickly gathered villagers to help him put it out. However, their hose couldn’t spray high enough to put out the flames nearer the top, and they feared it would get out of control, so they called the police for help. The fire was out by approximately 10 a.m.

Official data shows that 155 people have suffered heat stroke due to high temperatures in Wuhan this year, five of whom died.

Since July, a large area in Mainland China has continually suffered unusually high temperatures, and almost half of the provinces have had temperatures reaching over 1050F. Trees have been igniting frequently, and people have been frying up pork, shrimp, and fish directly on the streets, just to demonstrate the burning heat.

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