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Area of wildfires in Russia decreased by almost 11% over last 24 hours

August 02, 11:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The most massive wildfire is registered in the Krasnoyarsk Krai where 2,600 hectares are ablaze in the Tungussky natural reserve
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MOSCOW, August 2. /TASS/. The area of wildfires in Siberia has decreased by 11% over the last 24 hours - from 11,100 to 9,900 hectares, the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service said on Tuesday.

"As of 12am Moscow time on 2 August 2016, a total of 67 wildfires was active on the area of 9,907 hectares on the territory of the Russian Federation," the service said.

The most massive wildfire is registered in the Krasnoyarsk Krai where 2,600 hectares are ablaze in the Tungussky natural reserve. Around 1,600 hectares of forests are on fire in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, including three hectares in the Verkhne-Tazovsky natural reserve. The area of wildfires in the Irkutsk Region has remained at 1,300 hectares, with up to 320 hectares ablaze in the Zapovednoye Pribaykalye natural reserve. A total of 1,200 hectares of forests are on fire in Buryatia, along with 751 hectares in the Barguzinsky natural reserve.

Over 2,200 people were involved in extinguishing fire, and they managed to extinguish fire on the area of 4,000 hectares after it traveled around 2,600 hectares.

The state of emergency is in force in Buryatia and Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, one district of the Komi Republic and one district of the Irkutsk Region.

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