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KHABAROVSK, July 6 (Itar-Tass) — Forest fires cover the city of Khabarovsk in smog for the second day in row. The biggest part of wildfires were registered in the remote mountain taiga forests of the Ulcha, Komsomolsky, Polina Osipenko and other districts, where it is impossible to use ground machinery, an official at the Far Easter Federal District’s Forestry Department told Itar-Tass on Friday.
Under the recent information, at least 23 taiga forest fires are now raging on the total area of 2,800 hectares in the region, the official said.
According to the department data, 98 forest fires have been registered in the Far Easter Federal District over 24 hours, of them 48 are raging in the Khabarovsk territory.
Specialists of the forest protection service and the Emergencies Ministry’s special groups put out 20 and localised 27 taiga fires in five regions of Russia. Wildfires spread to the territory of 2,014 hectares over 24 hours, the official said.
As many as, more than 2,150 specialists have been mobilised for the fire-fighting operations in the federal district. They were involved in the fighting of wildfires in the Khabarovsk Territory, in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), as well as in the Sakhalin, Amur and the Magadan regions, the official said.
According to the federal district’s Forestry Department, 1,727 fires have burnt forests in a total area of more than 165,000 hectares since the beginning of the season. Under earlier reports, the Far Eastern district daily registers about ten to 15 new fires, which are triggered by lightning stroke into a tree.