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Area of wildfires in Russia decreases by 45% over last 24 hours

June 10, 11:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, June 10. /TASS/. The area of wildfires in Russia has decreased by 45% to 6,300 hectares over the last 24 hours, with over a third of forest blazes registered in Buryatia, the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service said on Friday.

"A total of 67 wildfires on the area of 6,306 hectares was active on the territory of the Russian Federation as of 12am Moscow time on 10 June 2016, including 18 wildfires in forests on the area of 2,805 hectares (Buryatia)," the service said.

The second-largest number of wildfires is registered in the Irkutsk Region, with an area of forest blazes at over 1,400 hectares. At the same time, the area of wildfires in Zabaikalsky Krai decreased by 85% to 725 hectares.

Over 2,500 were involved in extinguishing wildfires. They extinguished 49 wildfires on the total area of 5,300 hectares. However, 1,900 hectares of forest burned down.

The state of emergency was declared in one district of the Irkutsk Region. It also remains in place on whole territory of Buryatia and Zabaikalsky Krai, as well as in one district of Kamchatka Krai and one district of Krasnoyarsk Krai.

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