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South Korea declares national emergency as wildfire forces thousands to evacuate

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South Korea is using its military to help control what’s being described as the worst wildfire in years.

According to NPR, thousands have evacuated and two people have been killed due to this fast-moving wildfire.

The fire has quickly moved throughout the Gangwon Province, the same area that held the Winter Olympics just last year.

President Moon Jae-in says the fire is nearly under control, but the devastation is resounding.

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed.

Officials say wildfires are likely to occur during the spring, but they don’t spread as quickly or cause as much damage as this one has.

Wind is being blamed on causing the fire to grow.

Yonhap News Agency is reporting that more than 1,300 acres of land has been scorched and more than 13,000 rescue workers were called in.

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