Although it is a pleasant spring weather, there is a high risk of forest fires due to the strong and dry wind.

Over 30 wildfires occurred over two weekends alone, and the fires in Gyeongbuk and Gangwon areas in the afternoon of today (10th) are still not extinguished.

Reporter Shin Yong-shik reports.


White smoke rises high up the mountain ridge.

Shortly thereafter, fire begins to spread terribly over the side of the mountain.

[And it continues to spread, that fire.]

Today, around 1:10 pm, a fire broke out in a mountain in Gunwi-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

There were no casualties, but 19 ha of forest land was burned.

Authorities have issued a 'wildfire response stage 2' within an hour of the fire, and 27 firefighting helicopters and 54 crew members are put in to put out the fire.

A fire broke out at a mountain in Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do, around 3:40 p.m.

The fire spread rapidly with strong winds of 10 m/s.

[How about that apartment over there?

Apartment in the forest.]

The fire burned nearby private houses and buildings, and 50 nearby residents were evacuated.

With the burnt forest reaching 60 hectares, the fire department is having a hard time extinguishing it.

[Kim Jeong-oh / Head of Forest Fire Effect Investigation Division, Forest Service: Gunwi has a steep mountain slope and is a gravel field, so stones may roll down.

Yanggu has so many pine trees and the wind is strong...


Yesterday, the fire in the DMZ in Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do continued for the second day.

Following yesterday, fires broke out across the country today, resulting in a total of 37 wildfires over two days over the weekend.

Authorities have urged people to refrain from handling fires, such as burning garbage, in areas adjacent to forests.

(Video editing: Park Chun-bae)