VLADIVOSTOK, June 13 (Itar-Tass) - Wildfires set a sad record in the Far East over the past 24 hours: the fire destroyed 2,143 hectares of forests in Yakutia, Primorye, the Amur Region, Sakhalin and Kolyma, the Forestry Department for the Far Eastern Federal District reported on Thursday.
The biggest number of wildfires is registered in Yakutia. Currently, a total of 14 forest fires on the area of 14,227 hectares are raging in it. Two fires are registered in Primorye, one of which embraces the area of 870 hectares. Three wildfires on the area of 455 hectares are recorded in the Khabarovsk Territory. One insignificant forest fire is recorded in Kolyma and Sakhalin, each.
As of the beginning of spring, a total of 709 wild fires occurred in the Far Eastern Federal District. The fire embraced the area of 161,637 hectares. At present, more than 1,000 people and 80 pieces of equipment, including planes and helicopters, are involved in extinguishing forest fires.