Inland Sea island wildfire extinguished after 5 days
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Posted 8/16/11 , edited 8/16/11

A wildfire that has been raging for five days on an island in Japan’s Inland Sea was finally extinguished Sunday afternoon, Japan’s Self-Defense Force and emergency services said Monday. The fire, which broke out on the island that straddles the borders of Okayama
and Kagawa prefectures, is believed to have started in a mountain forest on Aug 9.

Roughly 900 people from the SDF and emergency services were involved in efforts to extinguish the blaze, which was eventually put out at around 5 p.m. on Sunday.

According to a report on Fuji TV, an area of around 237 hectares, roughly 90% of the island’s surface, was burned, but emergency services say the fire did not spread as far as the residential area on the north side of the island. One firefighter was taken to hospital suffering from heatstroke, but sources say his condition is not serious.
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