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GORNO-ALTAISK, June 5 (Itar-Tass) — Nine wildfires were registered in Russia’s Siberian republic of Yakutia on Monday, a spokesman for the republican emergencies administration told Itar-Tass.
According to the spokesman, four fires on an area of 266 hectares were extinguished, and one fire on an area of 12 hectares was contained. However, efforts to put out five fires on an overall area of 793.9 hectares have failed so far. Fire fighting operations involve 281 rescuers and 49 units of fire fighting machinery, including six aircrafts. There is no threat to populated localities.
Since the beginning of this year’s wildfire season, a total of 71 wildfires on an area of more than 2,000 hectares have been registered in Yakutia. About a third of this area was covered by forests.
By this date in 2011, there were 213 wildfires on an overall area of 365,000 hectares, of which 291,000 hectares were forests.
A special wildfire regime was imposed in two of Yakutia’s districts from June 1.