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Wildfires engulfing new areas in Russian Siberia

April 30, 2014, 9:22 UTC+3 NOVOSIBIRSK
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NOVOSIBIRSK, April 30, /ITAR-TASS/. The area of wildfires has expanded from 45,700 hectares to 69,000 hectares in Russia’s Siberia, with its Baikal region the hardest hit, the press service of the Siberian Federal District’s forestry department reports on Wednesday.

Wildfires in the Baikal region engulf an area of 66,000 hectares. Besides, 31 fire centers are fixed in Buryatia, Tuva, as well as the Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Tomsk regions. A total of 30 wildfires have been localized in Siberia on an area of more than 13,500 hectares.

On Tuesday, more than 2,000 forestry specialists and smoke-jumpers put out 73 wildfires on an area of 2,700 hectares. Sixteen aircraft and 398 units of fire-fighting equipment were used. The Federal Forestry Agency cites human negligence and agricultural burning among the main reasons of wildfires.

A special fire prevention regime has been imposed in the city of Chita, in three districts of the Baikal region, in one district of Buryatia, three districts of the Omsk region and in the Kemerovo and Irkutsk regions.

An emergency situation regime has been imposed across the Baikal region and in Buryatia.

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