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3 Be-200 planes join fire fighting operation in Tuva forests

June 07, 2012, 10:46 UTC+3
Late on Wednesday, there were 14 forest fires on an overall area of 4,570 hectares
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GORNO-ALTAISK, June 7 (Itar-Tass) —— Three Be-200 planes of the Russian emergencies ministry has arrived in the Siberian republic of Tuva to join the operation to extinguish forest fires, a spokesman for the Tuva government said on Thursday.

Late on Wednesday, there were 14 forest fires on an overall area of 4,570 hectares, the spokesman for the republican emergencies administration said. Fire fighting operations involved 178 rescuers, 27 units of fire machinery, and four aircrafts.

An emergency regime has been in place in the republic since June 5.

On Wednesday, a big forest fire on an area of 500 hectares was reported in the Barun-Khemchinsky forest district. Thirteen paratroopers from the Tuva air base took part in the fire fighting operation. Four of them died, another four are missing.

 

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