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MOSCOW, June 30 (Itar-Tass) —— A human factor caused the fire in the village of Chekunda in the Khabarovsk Territory, a press service source of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's regional department told Itar-Tass by telephone.
A fire from dry grass, which people burned near a brook floodplain, spread to houses, he said.
The source added the village was not on the list of residential areas where wildfires could spread.
According to the updated information, the fire damaged five houses. The blaze is localized, but the work to extinguish it is continuing.
Forces of two fire-fighting units are mobilized to extinguish the blaze. Fire-fighters from the Far Eastern forest guard air base are participating in the work.
Aircraft are used there, including an Il-76 tanker plane, which is capable to drop 42 tonnes of water at one time.