ASHIKAGA, Tochigi -- Evacuation advisories have been issued to 72 households in this east Japan city amid fears over the spread of a wildfire that had already burned through more than 10 hectares of forest in the Mount Ryogai area by the morning of Feb. 24.
The Ashikaga Municipal Government issued the advisories, and as of yet no injuries or damage to homes has been confirmed. According to sources including the municipal government, the fire started near the summit of the 251-meter-high mountain on Feb. 21, and on its path through about 10 hectares of land it has reached as close as 200 meters from a residence.
Firefighting efforts by Self-Defense Force helicopters and other deployments resumed at around 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 24. The fire is about 2.5 kilometers northwest of JR Ashikaga Station on the Ryomo Line.
(Japanese original by Kodai Tamai, Utsunomiya Bureau)