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Far East’s 25 wildfires extinguished on Sunday — forestry authority

April 21, 2014, 8:09 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The regional authorities report that from the beginning of the fire-hazardous season, the territory had 1,113 wildfires at the area of over 106,600 hectares
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MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. On Sunday, the Far East’s forestry authority, Rosleskhoz, registered 64 wildfires, where 25 were extinguished and 19 localized.

As of Monday morning, 39 wildfires in the Far East continue to blaze. In the Maritime territory - 22 fires, in the Amur region - eight, in the Khabarovsk territory - six and three in the Jewish autonomous republic.

On Sunday, the fire occupied the area of 3,175 hectares, and the biggest fire areas are in the Amur region (1,719 hectares). Over 940 people were extinguishing the wildfires there. They used 250 specialized vehicles, 14 aircrafts, including eight helicopters.

The regional authorities report that from the beginning of the fire-hazardous season, the territory had 1,113 wildfires at the area of over 106,600 hectares. In 2013 there were eight wildfires at 715 hectares.

The Maritime territory’s Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky has dismissed head of the regional forestry authority Valery Chirkov for ineffective organization of extinguishing the wildfires.

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