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Wildfire smog envelopes capital of Yakutia

August 01, 2012, 16:30 UTC+3
August 1, a total of seventeen wildfires were blazing on an area of 2,036 hectares, including 1,075 hectares located in the woodlands
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VLADIVOSTOK, August 1 (Itar-Tass) — Smog exuded by wildfires has enveloped the capital of Russia's Far-Eastern region of Yakutia, Yakutsk.

It has drifted to the city together with the wind from the Ust-Maya, Ust-Aldan and Amga districts.

In spite of this, Yakutsk airport is functioning as scheduled, the press service of the regional branch of the Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense /EMERCOM/ said.

August 1, a total of seventeen wildfires were blazing on an area of 2,036 hectares, including 1,075 hectares located in the woodlands.

A total of 555 men and 84 vehicles were engaged in the efforts to put the fires out.

Seven aircraft were delivering paratroopers to the places hit by the calamity and pouring water down on the taiga.

EMERCOM officials gave the assurances, however, the wildfires did not pose any danger to townships or economic facilities.

 

 

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