February 23rd According to the “Central News Agency”, a mountain forest fire broke out in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, on the 21st. As of the evening of the 22nd, local time, the fire has been extended for about 10 hectares.
Although the firefighting unit and the self-defense force sent helicopters to put out the fire, it has not been put out so far. The local government has issued asylum advice to dozens of neighboring families.
According to reports, the Ashikaga city government has issued asylum advice to 54 families nearby because strong winds in Ashikaga City on the 23rd, which may spread the fire further.
The Tochigi Prefecture Government said that a mountain forest fire broke out at about 3:30 p.m. on the 21st in Nishimiya, Ashikaga City.
Although the local firefighting unit and the rescue self-defense team continued to use helicopters to sprinkle water to put out the fire, they still failed to put out the fire after two days of efforts, and the fire fighting work was still continuing.
Ashikaga City Government said that it had set up shelters to call on local people to seek refuge.
So far, no one in the area has been injured by mountain fires.
As of 6 p.m. local time on the 22nd, the mountain forest had been burned for about 10 hectares, and the fire is only about 500 meters away from the house at the foot of the mountain.
In addition, a fire broke out in the residential and temples in Qingmei City, Tokyo, on the afternoon of the 23rd, which may affect the nearby mountains and forests.
Relevant units are continuing to put out the fire.
After 1:20 p.m. local time on the 23rd, a fire broke out in a wooden second floor building in the Zejing area of Qingmei City. Tokyo Fire Department said that the fire had burned down two houses, covering an area of about 220 square meters, and a man in his 60s was slightly injured.
About 20 minutes after the fire broke out in the house, the temple about 300 meters away also caught fire. The Tokyo Fire Department has dispatched 65 fire trucks to the scene.