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Watch wildfire cause 5 km traffic jam in south Taiwan

Brush fire broke out mid-afternoon in Kaohsiung City's Lujhu District

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A wildfire caused traffic to back up for 5 km in Kaohsiung on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 22).

On the southbound lanes of National Freeway 1 from the Rende System Interchange to the Luzhou Interchange large plumes of smoke appeared after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, reported ETtoday. The smoke it believed to have come from a brush fire on Yuanhua Road in Kaohsiung City's Lujhu District, per New-Reporter.com.

Kaohsiung City Fire Department dispatched 11 vehicles and 24 firefighters to the scene. Due to the heavy smoke, traffic has been backed up for about 5 kilometers.

The Freeway Bureau called on drivers to avoid the congested road by taking another route. For those motorists already driving in the area, the bureau asked that they keep a safe following distance and drive carefully.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Watch wildfire cause 5 km traffic jam in south Taiwan
(New-Reporter.com image)

Watch wildfire cause 5 km traffic jam in south Taiwan
(New-Reporter.com image)

Watch wildfire cause 5 km traffic jam in south Taiwan
(New-Reporter.com image)

Watch wildfire cause 5 km traffic jam in south Taiwan
(New-Reporter.com image)