Gangwon Yang-gu Songcheong-ri ‘Wildfire Stage 3’ upgraded… Emergency evacuation of residents

On the afternoon of the 10th, a forest fire in Songcheong-ri, Yanggu-eup, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do continued into the night, and the flames are coming down to the Songuri private house. yunhap news

In the midst of large and small wildfires occurring one after another in various parts of the country in dry weather, the response level for the forest fire in Yanggu, Gangwon has been raised to level 3, the highest level.

According to the forestry authorities on the 10th, the Yanggu forest fire started around 3:40 pm in the Songcheong-ri area of ​​Yanggu-eup, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do. As the fire spread even at night, the authorities issued a third stage of the forest fire at 9 pm.

The third stage of the forest fire is issued when the estimated area of ​​damage is less than 100 to 3000 ha, strong winds of 11 m/s or more, and the extinguishing time is expected to be less than 24 to 48 hours. 100% of the firefighting manpower is also put in by the competent authority and 50% by the neighboring organizations, and 100% of the helicopters available in the wide area are mobilized. The on-site integrated command center is headed by the governor of Gangwon-do, who is the head of the regional group.

At the beginning of the fire, the forestry authorities put in 15 helicopters and 295 people including special firefighters, public officials, firefighters, and police to extinguish the fire. However, a strong wind of over 10 meters per second blew at the site of the forest fire, making it difficult to extinguish. Accordingly, the authorities estimated the area affected by the fire to be 60 ha and issued the second stage of the forest fire at 5:40 pm. The second stage is taken when the average wind speed is 4 to 7 meters per second, the expected damage area is less than 100 ha, and the extinguishing time is expected to be less than 24 hours.

The police mobilized 12 vehicles and 37 people to help evacuate residents by controlling traffic at the scene of the fire. About 50 residents near the fire site were evacuated to a nearby welfare center, and no casualties have been reported so far.

On the afternoon of the 10th, a forest fire that occurred in Songcheong-ri, Yanggu-eup, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do continued into the night, and the flames are spreading to the vicinity of the Songuri private house. yunhap news

As the sun went down, the fire-fighting helicopter withdrew, and the authorities created a line to stop the spread with ground personnel and switched to a night-time fire-fighting system. Fearing that the wildfire will spread at night, the fire department and police are protecting the surrounding areas of private houses such as Cheonguri, Hwanggang-ri, and Yachon-ri.

After 9 p.m., the forest fire is spreading to the north, forming a long band along the ridge with winds of 2 to 3 meters per second. The forestry authorities plan to use available helicopters at the same time as the sun rises to start the firefighting process. It is reported that the fire was caused by a man in his 50s who was self-employed in the vicinity and burned fallen leaves.

Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom emphasized to the head of the Korea Forest Service and the Fire Service in relation to the Yanggu wildfire on the same day, saying, “Collaborate with relevant agencies such as local governments and the Ministry of National Defense to mobilize all available equipment and manpower,” and emphasized that they should do their best to extinguish the fire early.

In addition, Prime Minister Kim ordered thorough preparation of firefighting personnel and equipment at night and to ensure the safety of firefighting personnel. He also instructed the Minister of Public Administration and Security to cooperate with the Commissioner of the National Police Agency and local governments to spread the disaster situation to nearby residents quickly, and to do everything possible to prevent damage to life and property, such as evacuation of residents and control of hikers.

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