Over 6,000 evacuated due to fast-spreading wildfire in S.Korea

More than 6,000 people have been evacuated their homes as firefighters battle a massive wildfire in South Korea's eastern coastal areas on Saturday.

The fire burned an estimated 21,179 acres of woodland in Uljin, about 330 km southeast of Seoul, and its neighbouring city of Samcheok as of Saturday afternoon, according to forest and firefighting authorities.

That is more than double the size of woodland reported to have been affected the previous day, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The blaze started on Friday morning on a road near a mountain in Uljin and spread north to Samcheok in the afternoon, driven by strong winds and dry weather, according to the Korea Forest Service (KFS).

It destroyed at least 153 homes and 53 other structures, but no casualties were reported.

The fire once threatened a nuclear power plant, the nation's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) production complex, and power transmission lines in the areas