Gunma Kiryu wildfire momentum subsidesPolitics & Economic | News Flash Japan
On the morning of the 25th, a wildfire broke out in a forest in Kurohone Town, Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture. On the morning of the 25th, a forest fire broke out in Kurohone Town, Kiryu City, and according to the prefectural and city governments, about 15 hectares of land had burned as of the evening of the 25th. According to the prefectural and municipal governments, about 15 hectares of land had been burned as of the evening of the 25th. The fire has not been completely extinguished, and firefighters and the Self-Defense Forces have been trying to extinguish it since early in the morning on the 26th, using helicopters, and the fire is said to be slowing down. According to the city and the fire department, no damage has been reported to nearby houses. On the other hand, the police are investigating the possibility that a man in his 70s who lives nearby was burning cedar leaves in the mountains when the fire spread. A command center was set up in the yard of a house near the site of the wildfire, and firefighters and Self-Defense Forces personnel were communicating with each other by radio. Although no smoke could be seen or smelled from the base of the fire, helicopters from the Self-Defense Forces and other prefectures were frequently flying over the area to extinguish the fire from above. A 72-year-old man who lives nearby said, "I came to look around to see what was going on. Last night, I woke up several times to look outside and was worried. A 67-year-old man said, "I am a former member of the fire department, so I have experienced wildfires many times. I'm worried about the wildfire in Ashikaga City, too.