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Forest fire in eastern city continues for 12 hours

2017/03/09 22:40

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, March 9 (Yonhap) -- Firefighters were struggling with a wind-fed forest fire in this eastern city for more than 12 hours on Thursday night.

The blaze started on a small hill in Gangneung, some 230 kilometers east of Seoul, at around 10:30 a.m. About 20 hectares of forest have burned as of 9 p.m., according to the firefighters. No casualties have been reported so far.

About 1,400 firefighters and government workers have been dispatched to fight the fire, along with 19 helicopters and 69 fire trucks, but they are still struggling to extinguish the spreading fire, they said.

A forest fire rages on a mountain in Gangneung, a city in South Korea's northeastern province of Gangwon, on March 9, 2017, as a drought warning has been issued for the city and the province's six other regions since March 7. (Yonhap) A forest fire rages on a mountain in Gangneung, a city in South Korea's northeastern province of Gangwon, on March 9, 2017, as a drought warning has been issued for the city and the province's six other regions since March 7. (Yonhap)

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