officials reported on Tuesday.
The fire started on Monday at a farm and spread to nearby mountains because of strong winds, burning 2,470 acres by midnight, the report said. Xinhua did not say how the fire was started.
The fire now directly threatens major facilities in downtown Xichang, including a petrol storage station, four schools and the city’s largest department store, Xichang’s city government said on its social media account.
Around 690,000 people live in the city, which is about 210 miles southwest of provincial capital Chengdu.
Images and video released by Chinese state media showed smoke and flames creeping towards Xichang, with fire trucks lined up on a street dowsing trees to prevent the fire from advancing and burning nearby buildings.
More than 1,200 local residents have been evacuated due to the fire and more than 2,000 firefighters have been dispatched to put out the fire, Xinhua said.