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Over 350 ha of taiga on fire in Trans-Baikal territory

May 21, 2012, 10:30 UTC+3

Over 270 people and 25 units of machinery are fighting the fires

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ULAN-UDE, May 21 (Itar-Tass) — The taiga keeps burning in the Trans-Baikal Territory. “Only one fire was extinguished over the past day, other nine fires are raging on over 350 hectares. Five fires were localized on 240 hectares,” a source in the Trans-Baikal Territory’s main emergencies department told Itar-Tass on Monday.

Over 270 people and 25 units of machinery are fighting the fires. Three helicopters Mi-2, two airplanes An-2 and a helicopter Mi-8 are on a fire reconnaissance operation. The helicopter Mi-8 is involved in the transfer of firemen and the delivery of special fire-fighting equipment.

“According to the fire reconnaissance, unauthorized dry grass fires triggered all taiga fires,” the press service said.

Some 722 wildfires on a total area of over 380,000 hectares were reported in the Trans-Baikal Territory this spring.



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