Miryang wildfire ‘stage 3’ … Residents evacuated, inmates transferred


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This morning, a wildfire in a mountain in Miryang, Gyeongnam continues to spread.

The Korea Forest Service has issued a third-level response to the forest fire, and about 470 residents have also been evacuated.

We connect reporters who are on-site.

Reporter Jeong-seok Jung, tell us about the current situation.

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Yes, smoke is still pouring out from near the top of the mountain behind me.

Now, because of the smoke, I can’t even see the mountain.

The smoke and flames are getting bigger as time goes on, but there is no news of the fire extinguishing.

The fire started around 9:25 a.m. at Mt. Okgyo in Miryang.

A dry warning was issued and the fire spread quickly with strong winds of 11 meters per second.

The fire that came down with the wind threatened private houses, and about 470 residents from 100 households were evacuated.

In addition, about 390 inmates from the nearby Miryang Detention Center were transferred to Daegu Prison, and 228 from a nearby nursing hospital have also been transferred.

The Korea Forest Service has issued a forest fire level 3 and a forest fire national crisis warning, and currently 42 helicopters and 1,550 firefighters are put out to put out the fire.

In addition, by issuing the National Fire Mobilization Ordinance No. 1, firefighters from nearby metropolitan cities such as Busan and Daegu will be deployed.

As of 3 p.m., it was determined that the area affected by the wildfire was over 1,500 hectares.

Forest officials said that there are many rivers and reservoirs around the fire area, so it is highly likely to extinguish the main fire before sunset, but if there is a gust of wind, it will take more time to extinguish.

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So far, this is MBC news’s unsuccessful at the Miryang wildfire site.

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