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Wildfires scorch over 41,000 hectares across Urals, Trans-Baikal Region

May 13, 4:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The biggest wildfires were registered in the Trans-Baikal Region, in the Irkutsk Region and in the Kurgan Region

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MOSCOW, May 13. /TASS/. /TASS/. Wildfires have scorched a total area of over 41,400 hectares throughout Russia, the Federal Aerial Forest Protection Service reported on Monday.

"At 00:00 Moscow time on May 13, 2019, 46 forest fires were raging in Russia on an area of 41,438 hectares, work to extinguish them is in progress," the federal agency said.

The biggest wildfires were registered in the Trans-Baikal Region (nearly 18,300 hectares), in the Irkutsk Region (about 10,000 hectares) and in the Kurgan Region (6,700 hectares).

Over 3,400 people and 675 pieces of equipment have been involved in the firefighting operation, while 68 aircraft are monitoring the situation and help extinguish the fire. As many as 125 forest fire that raged on an area over 8,900 hectares have been extinguished.

The state of emergency is currently in effect in the Kurgan Region, the Trans-Baikal Region, two districts of the Chelyabinsk Region, two districts of the Irkutsk Region, one district of the Krasnoyarsk Region and one district in the Tuva Region.

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