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Forest fire area in Siberia increasing

August 06, 2014, 10:48 UTC+3 NOVOSIBIRSK

Аn area of 2,800 hectares is affected by forest fires

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NOVOSIBIRSK, August 06. /ITAR-TASS/. The area of forest fires in Russia’s Siberian Federal District has increased 1.6 times over the past 24 hours, the regional forestry department said on Wednesday.

According to the department, an area of 2,800 hectares is affected by forest fires.

Previous reports said the area affected of forest fires was decreasing. In particular, on Monday it decreased three times to 1,700 hectares.

Forest service specialists and smoke-jumpers of the Siberian Federal District on Tuesday put out 13 forest fires at an area of 1,100 hectares.

The area affected by forest fires is the largest in the Irkutsk region — there are seven points of fire at an area of 1,300 hectares, and in Tuva (14 fires at an area of some 1,000 hectares). In addition, forest fires have been registered in Buryatia, Krasnoyarsk Krai and in the Tomsk region.

The main causes of the fires were thunderstorms and careless handling of fire by the local population.

A total of 7,029 forest fires at an area of some 1.6 million hectares have been registered in Siberia since the beginning of the fire hazard period.

The special fire prevention regime is currently in effect in one district of Buryatia, one district of Tuva, as well as over the entire territory of the Altai Republic and Irkutsk region. A state of emergency has been introduced over the whole territory of the Irkutsk region and in the Tuva and Buryatia republics.

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