The South Korean border town of Goseong was gutted by fire, leaving at least one dead, destroying dozens of homes and forcing more than 3,000 people to evacuate.
The National Fire Agency mobilised about 2,700 emergency personnel, with firefighters arriving from across the nation, Yonhap said, but the winds were complicating efforts to control the blaze.
Authorities issued the highest-level alert — level three — and President Moon Jae-in has told officials to take all measures necessary to battle the inferno.
Police found the body of a man on a road, apparently dead as a result of the fire, Yonhap said. Officials corrected a report that an elderly woman died in the blaze.
According to reports, the number of people who were injured was at eleven(11) but that toll was expected to rise Friday, about 120 houses were also destroyed.
Local officials said the fire broke out alongside a road in Goseong, which is located about 210 kilometres (130 miles) northeast of the capital Seoul, in the evening hours.
“As the wind is especially strong, we are focusing more on reducing casualties than extinguishing the fire,” Gangwon Governor Choi Moon-soon was quoted as saying.
About 100 fire trucks were on the scene overnight, with another 100 due to arrive, a fire agency official told Yonhap.
About 30 helicopters were to be sent up at daybreak for rescue and firefighting missions.