The fire is one of several recent outbreaks of severe droughts and wildfires across China, where authorities have struggled to contain the countrys worst drought in a generation.
The countrys largest cities, Beijing and Shanghai, have been under severe heat for weeks and have been suffering frequent and severe outbreaks of fire.
Last week, a wildfire destroyed more than 5,000 homes in the eastern Chinese city of Wuhan, killing at least 29 people.
“The fire is a symptom of an already dire situation,” said Wu Jing, a senior adviser to the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, during a televised news conference on Tuesday.
Wu said China had no way to control the fires and had failed to act on its own to prevent the spread of the deadly heatwave.
China has been grappling with the severe heatwave for the past few weeks, and officials have said the severe drought has made it more difficult to fight wildfires.
The heatwave is also forcing authorities to spend much of their limited resources on battling the blaze.
As of Wednesday, authorities in Beijing and some other Chinese cities had logged more than 6,000 fire deaths since March, according to the China Meteorological Administration.
A senior official at the Beijing Forestry Administration told Al Jazeera that the fires were the result of a long-running policy to limit fire risk in densely populated areas.
“Firefighters have to focus on their job and not on people’s lives,” the official said.
The official also said the government was trying to reduce the risk of fire in densely packed residential areas.
A new policy is aimed at reducing the risk, but the official stressed that it was not yet clear whether the policy would be effective.
Some experts believe the fires are a direct result of the government’s slow response to the extreme heatwave, with many officials and officials of the public blaming the fires on the lack of political will.
“This has become a trend for the Chinese government,” said Xie Xu, a professor at the University of Hong Kong.
“They’re really desperate to avoid having to deal with extreme heat and to avoid the public getting more heat-related illnesses.
But they have no way of controlling the fires because the heat is getting worse and the fire risk is increasing.”
Xie said the Chinese authorities were struggling to stop the fires from spreading in the first place.
“It is really a pity that China is facing such a serious and persistent heatwave,” Xie said.
“But the government and its media mouthpiece have to deal directly with the public and have the political will to act, and that’s all they can do.”