Wildfire spreads in Fukushima no-go zone

Firefighters are battling a forest fire in a no-go zone in a town near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The area has relatively high radiation levels as a result of the 2011 nuclear accident.

Fukushima's prefectural government says monitoring posts near the site have so far shown no significant change in radiation levels.

The blaze started last Saturday in the town of Namie. More than 20 hectares of forest on a mountain have burned so far. The fire is gradually spreading due to southerly winds.

Firefighters and Self-Defense Force members tried to put out the flames using helicopters on Thursday. About 240 personnel in hazmat suits also battled the fire on the ground.

The firefighting efforts were suspended at sunset and will resume on Friday.