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S. Korea implements ICT to fight growing wildfire risk Updated: 2020-02-24 07:02:55 KST

2019 was a disastrous year for South Korea in terms of its ability to handle wildfires.
There were more than six-hundred-fifty cases of wildfire last year, demolishing more than three,two-hundred hectares of forests and mountains across the nation.
Experts say, that's nearly three times larger than the average area of land affected annually over the past ten years.

Last year's seemingly abnormal amount has pushed the relevant authorities into increasing their reliance on ICT to detect and fight wildfires.
Officials at the Korea Forest Service said they have recently introduced the latest technologies and more proactive measures to prevent the blazes.

"We are planning to dispatch hydrant choppers and special teams of firefighters along the east coast, and also set up forest aviation headquarters around the DMZ."

According to statistics, nearly two-thirds of all wildfires that occur each year happen in spring.
This year, the risks of wildfire are particularly high, because there were more droughts last winter due to less snowfall.
Authorities added it has already put more than ten-thousand firefighters on standby in the areas deemed most vulnerable.

In addition, authorities started operating its central forest fire control center twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
The control center supervises all of the realtime fire operations, and shares the information with local governments to proactively handle the fires.
Officials vowed to put their utmost effort into minimizing damages inflicted by wildfires this upcoming spring.
Cho Sung-min, Arirang News.

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