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Area of wildfires in Russia decreased by 7% over 24 hours

July 20, 2016, 11:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, July 20. /TASS/. The area of wildfires in Russia has decreased by seven percent over the weekend, from 15,400 to around 14,400 hectares, the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service said on Monday.

"As of 12am Moscow time on 20 July 2016, a total of 73 wildfires was active on the area of 14,371 hectares on the territory of the Russian Federation," the service said.

Wildfires cover 2,100 hectares in Buryatia, almost 3,000 hectares - in Yakutia in the Lena Pillars national park, 1,300 hectares of forests in the Krasnoyarsk Krai and 6,200 hectares in Tungussky and Tsentralnosibirsky natural reserves.

Over 2,600 people have involved in extinguishing fire, and they eliminated wildfires on the area of 6,700 hectares.

The state of emergency remains in force in Zabaikalsky Krai, Buryatia, two districts of Yakutia, one district of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region and one district of the Irkutsk Region.

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