TOKYO: A rare fire in a forest Populated area 75 km to the north Tokyo The uproar continued for the fifth day on Friday, as local authorities asked dozens more houses to evacuate the hill villages.
Fire in the area around the city of Ashikaga Tochiji Province, Has been steadily spreading since the breakup on Sunday, despite ground firepower and efforts by military helicopters.
No injuries have been reported so far, but the fire has scorched nearly 100 hectares.
A total of 15 villagers were evacuated till late Thursday night. Broadcaster NHK reported on Friday that evacuation warnings would be expanded to cover more homes.
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