This aerial photo shows burnt vehicles filling a junkyard after being hit by a massive forest fire in Sokcho, South Korea, Friday, April 5, 2019. (KIM DO-HOON/YONHAP VIA AP)
This aerial photo shows burnt vehicles filling a junkyard after being hit by a massive forest fire in Sokcho, South Korea, Friday, April 5, 2019. (KIM DO-HOON/YONHAP VIA AP)

US military sends Black Hawks to help South Koreans battle forest fire

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea – The U.S. military sent two Black Hawks equipped with water buckets Friday to help South Koreans fight a massive forest fire that has forced thousands to flee their homes northeast of Seoul.

The assist came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in made a surprise visit to the city of Goseong, which has served as a base for some 10,000 firefighters and military personnel working to extinguish the blaze.

The fire started Thursday and was spread quickly by strong winds in the mountainous Gangwon province, which hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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