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(2nd LD) Yoon orders all-out efforts against spring wildfires

Politics 17:36 April 02, 2023

(ATTN: UPDATES with more info in paras 3-4, 6)

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- President Yoon Suk Yeol instructed relevant authorities Sunday to make all-out efforts to put out and prevent spring wildfires, his office said.

Yoon issued the message following reports of wildfires on Mount Inwang, near the previous location of South Korea's presidential office, and a mountain in Hongseong, 114 kilometers south of Seoul.

As of 5:08 p.m., 2,458 officials and 15 helicopters had been mobilized to mostly contain the blaze on Mount Inwang that broke out shortly before noon.

There have been no reports of deaths or injuries caused by the fire so far, authorities said.

Authorities have banned entry to the mountain, with residents in nearby areas being evacuated. Some 120 households already have been evacuated.

Some 14 hectares of woodland have been destroyed by the wildfire.

A National Fire Agency helicopter dumps water to contain a fire at Mount Inwang in central Seoul on April 2, 2023. (Yonhap)

A National Fire Agency helicopter dumps water to contain a fire at Mount Inwang in central Seoul on April 2, 2023. (Yonhap)

Yoon ordered the National Fire Agency and the National Forest Service to use all possible resources to extinguish the fires, and called on the interior and defense ministries to support the efforts, presidential spokesperson Lee Do-woon said in a written briefing.

mlee@yna.co.kr
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