A series of fires in west Tan village has left at least 15 people dead, prompting the closure of many restaurants, including the popular Tan village eatery.
The fire has charred more than 10,000 hectares (24,200 acres) of land in the village of Sheraton, which has about 2,000 residents.
The area of Sherton has been designated as a ‘hot spot’ for fires, and its closure has triggered widespread evacuation.
According to local government spokesman Ting Wang, the Sheraton restaurant was one of the many businesses that had closed.
“We were worried that the fires would not go away.
But we were also worried that people would lose their jobs and homes,” he said.
Local officials said that they were in contact with government officials, and had received an assurance that the restaurants would reopen soon.
However, the fire still burned, and it was not clear if the restaurants were operating normally, said the spokesman.
The number of restaurants in the Tan village of about 2.5 million people has been steadily declining since 2007, when a fire destroyed about 10,600 hectares (34,400 acres).
However, in 2015, the Tan’s tourism and agriculture industries had grown by around 40% to nearly $1.3 billion (about HK$1.8 billion), according to the Tourism Board of China.