Video shows wildfire threaten freeway in W. Taiwan

Fire sparks rumors that Taiwan's National Freeway 3 was shut down

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A wildfire that broke out on the outskirts of western Taiwan's Taichung City spread precariously close to a freeway on Sunday (Nov. 10), sparking fears among motorists the road would be closed to traffic.

At 2:20 p.m., the Taichung City Fire Bureau received a report about a brush fire near an electric tower in the city's Longjing District. The fire was visible to motorists driving past the 185-kilometer mark on National Freeway No. 3.

The fire department dispatched over 100 firefighters to the scene. Due to strong winds, the blaze continued to spread and burn throughout the day, and by 4:30 p.m., two hectares had been burned, reported Liberty Times.


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At 10 p.m. rumors spread on Facebook the fire had reached the freeway, forcing officials to shut it down. However, the National Highway Police Bureau told CNA the freeway was in fact open and that patrol cars had been dispatched to advise motorists to reduce their speed in that area.

At 12:53 a.m. on Monday morning (Nov. 11), firefighters were finally able to extinguish the fire, reported UDN. The fire bureau said it suspects the blaze was intentionally set and if this was the case the person could be charged with Offenses Against Public Safety (公共危險罪) and for violating the Air Pollution Control Act (空污法).


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(Taichung City Fire Bureau photo)


(CNA photo)