Forest Fire Rages on for Several Days in North of Tokyo

A forest fire that started last Sunday on a mountain north of Tokyo continues to spread.

According to local authorities, a hiker called emergency services around 3:30 p.m. local time Sunday after seeing the fire in a forested area near the mountain.

The cause of the fire is unclear but it was suspected that it might have started at a rest stop for hikers nearby.

There was only one casualty reported so far, a man who suffered from burns.

Firefighters have already been deployed on the scene along with firefighting helicopters from Ibaraki and Saitama prefectures and the GSDF.

Evacuation orders were also issued but only 37 residents from 180 homes have arrived in evacuation shelters so far. 

Waterbombing operations are still being conducted as the fires continue to spread. 

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