Hyogo forest fireforces hundreds to evacuate Kobe, 19 March 2002.
A forest fire broke outTuesday morning on a mountain in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, leading cityofficials to order 93 households, comprising 261 people, to evacuate, policesaid. Although the fire is still some distance from the residential.
Hyogo forest fireweakening, evacuation order lifted Kobe, 20 March 2002
A disaster task force fora forest fire in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture on Wednesday lifted an evacuationorder and advisory affecting some 700 people in 241 households, saying the blazeis weakening.
Hyogo forest fireadvisory lifted
Kobe, 21 March 2002.
Authorities lifted anadvisory and evacuation order in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, on Wednesday,saying that a forest fire in the area was expected to be extinguished by the endof the day.
The advisory, whichaffected some 700 people in 241 households, was lifted by a local disaster taskforce shortly before 9 a.m. No injuries or residential damage have beenreported, officials at the headquarters said.
The fire was first spottedshortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday 19 March 2002 and has consumed 32 hectares ofmountainside forest. At around 6:30 a.m.Wednesday, firefighters resumed their effort against the blaze using helicoptersfrom five municipal governments and the Ground Self-Defence Force. About 30firetrucks from Takarazuka and 10 neighbouring municipalities have also beensent to the mountain. At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday,the headquarters said images sent from a GSDF chopper earlier in the morningshowed the flames were hardly visible.
In addition, the KobeMarine Observatory indicated that winds in the Osaka-Kobe area had lightened upby Wednesday morning, and the headquarters believed the fire was dying down.
About 150 people who spentthe night at two evacuation centers have left to return to their homes. Some 100 people from theheadquarters and Hyogo Prefectural Police kept watch throughout the night andfought the fire in areas where the blaze intensified.
Source: The Japan Times:March 21, 2002. (C) All rights reserved
Fire officials orderShinjuku building to stay closed
Tokyo, 22 March 2002
Tokyo fire officialsissued an order Friday barring the use of a building in Shinjuku Ward where afire killed 44 people last September, because of defects in the structure of thebuilding and its fire-safety facilities.
3-day forest fire inNagano Pref. finally contained
Nagano, 23 March 2002
A three-day forest firenear a hot-spring district in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, was finally broughtunder control Saturday morning after efforts by more than 1,000 people, mainlyfirefighters and Ground Self-Defence Force (GSDF) personnel, to contain theblaze, city officials said.