South Korea has declared a national emergency in response to one of the largest wildfires on record which burned an estimated 1,297 acres of wooded land, the equivalent of over 730 soccer fields.
Thousands of soldiers have been deployed to help firefighters from across South Korea to extinguish the flames in north-eastern mountainous region, close to the border with North Korea.
Most of the 4,000 people who had fled homes on Thursday, creating chaotic traffic jams along narrow mountain roads, returned by Friday, the government said.
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