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Over 320,000 hectares of woodland destroyed by wildfires in Far East

June 25, 2013, 8:06 UTC+3
Despite a large-scale use of emergencies ministry’s aircraft in combating the blaze, the number of fires and the area they engulf keep growing
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VLADIVOSTOK, June 25 (Itar-Tass) - A total of 320,411 hectares of woodland have been destroyed by wildfires in Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District this year, the regional forestry department reported on Tuesday.

Despite a large-scale use of emergencies ministry’s aircraft in combating the blaze, the number of fires and the area they engulf keep growing in Yakutia.

As of Tuesday, 36 wildfires are fixed in Yakutia. One fire is fixed in Kamchatka and one in the Amur region, the forestry department reports.

Over the past 24 hours, the blaze has destroyed 4,370 hectares of woodland, mostly in Yakutia.

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