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Fires burning near Fukushima plant ó Officials ask Japan govít to send in troops to help fight blaze ó Strong winds hindering firefighters (VIDEO)

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RT, Apr 30, 2017: Fukushima authorities ask troops to help deal with forest fires near crippled nuclear power plant — Fukushima prefecture has asked the Japanese Self-Defense Forces for help in handling forest fires that have swept areas near the crippled Fukushima power plant, local media report. Strong winds are hindering the firefighting efforts, however. The forest fires broke out near the town of Namie, some seven kilometers from the disabled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, on Saturday evening, Japanese NHK broadcaster reported… The prefecture has deployed several helicopters to extinguish the fires, which are believed to have been caused by lightning. According to police, at least 10 hectares of forest have burned in the area… With strong winds stoking the flames, the Fukushima Prefecture has requested help from the Self-Defense Forces, Japan’s de-facto army, on Sunday.

NHK (translated by Google), Apr 30, 2017: Fukushima Namie-cho continued fire fighting activities in forests in difficult-to-return areas — When smoke is rising from Namie-cho, Fukushima Prefecture, which is a difficult-to-return area of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, in the evening of 29th, there was a report to the fire department, the whole day burned all day It continues… Fukushima Prefecture requested the Self Defense Forces for disaster relief… Around 4:30 PM on Friday, Fukushima Prefecture Namie-cho Iyedo had a message saying “smoke is coming up” and a helicopter such as Fukushima Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture came out early on Monday morning for fire fighting… Prefecture requested the SDF to dispatch disasters at noon on 30th, fire was extinguished with both helicopters, both of which were almost extinguished at 7:30 am on Friday, due to the strong wind again and burning again… the police are investigating the detailed situation looking at as a result of lightning strikes.

Iwate Daily (translated by Google), Apr 30, 2017: Forest fire in the difficult-to- return area, Fukushima prefecture dispatched to GSDF… Fukushima Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture began fire fighting from the sky from morning on the 30th, once suppressed around 7:40 am, but it started burning again with a strong wind.

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Published: April 30th, 2017 at 5:20 pm ET