Today (18th), 14 forest fires followed in a row across the country, including Chungnam Budget and Gangwon Jeongseon. Wildfires have been exceptionally frequent this year, and when we looked at the statistics, they were 10.1 times higher than the average for the last 5 years.

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Faint smoke rises from the mountains just behind the
village where the villas are gathered, and helicopters scour over it.

At around 1:20 p.m. today, a fire broke out in Geumosan, Budget-eup, Budget County, South Chungcheong.

Fire authorities mobilized five helicopters and 5 firefighters to extinguish the main fire in just over three hours.

In Jeongseon County, Gangwon, a fire from a pine nut factory moved to the forest, and in a field in Yeoju, Gyeonggi, embers were transferred from burning agricultural by-products, causing a forest fire.

In Pyeongchang County, Gangwon, where winds of up to 491 meters are blowing, the first phase of the forest fire was issued as of 3:11 p.m. today, and all members of the Pyeongchang Army firefighting crew were deployed.

As of 6 p.m. tonight, there were 30 wildfires across the country, with no casualties, but extinguishing operations continued throughout the day.

So far this year, there have been 1 wildfires across the country through the 7th, 14.16 times the 265-year average of 10.

Of these, 176% of the fires were caused by burning rice fields, fields, chili sticks, and garbage.

As the days unwind and the farming season approaches, this incineration is likely to increase, which can lead to major wildfire damage due to the dry, windy spring.

The Forest Service urged residents to be extra careful, saying that burning within 1 meters of the mountain boundary is fundamentally prohibited, and violators will be fined up to 5 million won.

(Video editing : Shin Se-eun, Screen credit: Forest Service)