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27 taiga fires registered in Far East

August 09, 2012, 13:50 UTC+3

In the last 24 hours three fires have been extinguished

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KHABAROVSK, August 9 (Itar-Tass) — A total of 27 taiga fires continue to rage in the Far East, forest services said on Thursday.

In the last 24 hours three fires have been extinguished, the services said.

In Yakutia 18 fires have been registered on the area of 2,429 hectares. Seven fires rage in Khabarovsk Territory on the area of 550 hectares. Small hot spots are reported in Chukotka, the forest services said.

“At least 747 people, 106 units of hardware and 12 aircraft are involved in fighting fires,” the forestry department for the Far East Federal District told Itar-Tass.

Since the beginning of the season a total of 2,820 forest fires on the area of 504,500 hectares have been registered on the territory of the Far East Federal District. Last year the fire embraced about 520,000 hectares, including 392 hectares of forests.


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