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Wildfires spread in Siberia

July 14, 2014, 8:45 UTC+3 NOVOSIBIRSK
Most wildfires are registered in the Irkutsk region (51 fires at 34,200 hectares) and in the Krasnoyarsk Territory (73 fires at 17,500 hectares)
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NOVOSIBIRSK, July 14. /ITAR-TASS/. The area of wildfires in Russia’s Siberia has increased from 20,500 hectares on Sunday to 52,300 hectares on Monday, where 158 wildfires have been registered, press service of the local forestry authority reports.

Most wildfires are registered in the Irkutsk region (51 fires at 34,200 hectares) and in the Krasnoyarsk Territory (73 fires at 17,500 hectares). Besides, wildfires were registered in Buryatiya, Tyva and in the Tomsk region.

On Sunday, 61 wildfires at 2,300 hectares were extinguished in Siberia. From the beginning of the season, the local authorities have registered 6,659 wildfires at 1.212 million hectares.

The most frequent reasons of wildfires are inaccurate handling of fire and lightning strikes.

Special alert regime has been announced in one district of the Omsk region, two districts of Buryatiya, eight districts in Tyva, in the entire territory of the Republic of Altai, in the Irkutsk and Tomsk regions. The emergency regime continues in the Krasnoyarsk territory, Irkutsk region and in two districts of the Republic of Buryatiya.

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