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Wildfires ravaging on 7,200 hectares of forests across Russia

July 22, 2012, 17:46 UTC+3

Fire fighting operations involve 3,592 men, 504 fire vehicles and 58 aircrafts

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KRASNOYARSK, July 22 (Itar-Tass) —— Wildfires have spread over 7,200 hectares of forests across Russia in the past day. Fifty-one forest fires were put out and 15 fires were localized on the same day, a spokesman for the Russian Forestry Agency told Itar-Tass on Sunday.

Currently, as many as 175 wildfires are ravaging on an area of 25,901 hectares across Russia. The bulk of the fires, or 174 ones on an area of 25,851 hectares, are reported in forests.

The most difficult situation is in the Urals, Siberia and the Far East. Thus, a total of 19 forest fires are reported in the Chelyabinsk region on an area of 9,000 hectares. Fires on 6,100 hectares of forests are raging in the Tomsk region. The situation is also serious in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets autonomous areas, in the Kurgan and Magadan regions.

An emergency situation regime has been imposed in the entire territory of the Tomsk regions, the Khabarovsk Territory and in the Khanty-Many autonomous area. Forest trips are banned in the Primorsky, Perm, and TransBaikal Territories, in the Tver, Tambov, Voronezh, Tyumen, Nizhny Novgorod, Arkhangelsk, Penza, and Samara regions, in the republics of Komi, Altai and Mordovia.

“Fire fighting operations involve 3,592 men, 504 fire vehicles and 58 aircrafts,” the spokesman added.


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