The forest fire that occurred in Hongseong, Chungcheongnam-do on the morning of the 2nd has been upgraded to ‘Forest Fire Level 3’.
At approximately 11:03 in the morning on the same day, a fire broke out in a mountain in Seobu-myeon, Hongseong-gun, and extinguishing work is ongoing.
The forest authorities announced a level 2 forest fire at around 12:40pm, followed by a level 3 wildfire at around 1:20pm.
17 wildfire-fighting helicopters, including super-large helicopters, 11 wildfire-fighting equipment, and 180 people are mobilized to put out the fire, but it is difficult to put out due to dry weather and strong winds.
A dry warning is in effect in all of Daejeon, Sejong, and Chungcheongnam-do. The forest fire spread quickly with strong winds of 10 m per second, and the current fire line is estimated to be around 8 km, and the area affected by the forest fire is 200 ha.
There are no reports of injuries so far, but the forest authorities are aware that two private houses near the site of the fire in the forest have been burnt. It is said that all the residents have been evacuated.
Hongseong-gun sent out a disaster text message asking “nearby residents and pedestrians to evacuate to a safe place such as the Seobu Elementary School auditorium.”
Chungcheongnam-do formed an integrated forest fire site command headquarters, and the Jungbu Regional Forest Service is also responding jointly.
At around 12:19pm on the same day, a fire broke out in a mountain in Bokbok-myeon, Geumsan-gun, and the authorities are putting out the fire. The fire broke out on the border with Sanjik-dong, Seo-gu, Daejeon.
Around 40 people, including residents, were evacuated from a nearby nursing home.
The forest authorities are struggling to put out the fire by sending 4 firefighting helicopters, 8 equipment, and 80 firefighters.
Seo-gu, Daejeon, sent a disaster text message around 2:23 pm, saying, “The forest fire is spreading to Mae-no-dong and Jangan-dong,” and asked “nearby residents and pedestrians to evacuate immediately to a. a safe place far from the mountain.”