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Total area of forest fires in Russia grows sharply to near 30,000 hectares

May 05, 2013, 11:51 UTC+3

The most complicated situation was reported from the Amur region

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MOSCOW, May 5 (Itar-Tass) - Total area and overall number of forest fires in Russia have grown significantly over the recent few days, an official at the Federal Forestry Agency told Itar-Tass on Sunday.

“According to the Federal monitoring service, as many as 138 forest fires are raging on a total area of 28,518 hectares in Russia up to date,” the Forestry Agency’s official said, adding that 99 forest fires were registered in the country as of May 2. They embraced a territory of about 13,000 hectares.

The most complicated situation was reported from the Amur region, where forest fires spread to an area of more than 16,200 hectares, as well as in the Trans-Baikal Territory, where the fires are raging in a total territory of almost 10,000 hectares.

In the official’s words, forest fires were also reported from the Chelyabinsk and Amur regions, as well as in the republics of Sakha (Yakutia) and Tyva. According to the federal agency, the population negligence remains among the major causes of wildfires in the country.

“High and even extremely high fire risks are projected in the upcoming two days for the Rostov and Astrakhan regions, the Krasnodar territory, the republics of Kalmukiya and Adygeya, as well as for the north of the Stavropol territory, the southwest of the Volgograd region and the central part of the Irkutsk region,” the official at the Federal Forestry Agency said, adding, that the agency forecasts high risk of wildfires for the Jewish Autonomous Region and the southern territories of the Republic of Buryatia on Sunday, May 5.


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