• Fire In Yeongdeok Contained After Some 36 Hours
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A massive wildfire in the southeastern coastal county of Yeongdeok in North Gyeongsang Province was brought under control Thursday, two days after it started.

The Korea Forest Service said the blaze was contained around 2:30 p.m., and crews were in the process of extinguishing embers.

About 40 helicopters and some 2,200 personnel were mobilized for the operation to put out the fire in Hwacheon-ri.

It is presumed to have damaged more than 400 hectares of land and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 residents in nearby villages.

No casualties were reported.

Local officials said an initial investigation indicated the fire was first started by sparks generated when a stray piece of solar reflective film, used for agriculture, hit a utility pole.

Authorities plan to launch a detailed forensic analysis.

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