CHITA, July 13. /TASS/. Most of wildfires raging in Russia’s Trans-Baikal Territory, five of the total nine, have been localized in an area of ··2,100hectares, the regional State Forestry Service reported on Wednesday.
"As of Wednesday morning, there are four forest fires in an area of ··906 hectares in two districts of the Trans-Baikal Territory. Another five wildfires have been localized in an area of ··2,110 hectares. There is no threat to human settlements there", the service said.
Over the past day, fire fighters have extinguished five hot spots near the Bukukun, Orsuk, Zakharovo and Nikolayevskoye settlements in a total area of 1,100 hectares. A total of 384 people and 48 pieces of equipment are involved in the fire-fighting efforts, and the situation is being constantly monitored from the air.
The main cause of the wildfires is dry thunderstorms. The extinguishing efforts are complicated by the difficult access to hot spots and rough mountainous rocky terrain. There are no access roads and sources for water intake.
At the beginning of July, forest fires started again in the Trans-Baikal Territory after a week’s break. A state of emergency is in effect in the region. Restrictions on citizens’ stay in forests have been extended until July 25.