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Area of wildfires in Russia increased by10% over the last weekend

August 08, 11:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The largest area of wildfires is registered in the Krasnoyarsk Krai, where 1,700 hectares are ablaze in forests and around 3,200 hectares in the Tungussky natural reserve
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MOSCOW, August 8. /TASS/. The area of wildfires in Russia has increased by nearly 10% over the last weekend - from 7,600 to 8,400 hectares, the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service said on Monday.

"As of 12am Moscow time on 8 August 2016, a total of 50 wildfires was active on the area of 8,411 hectares on the territory of the Russian Federation," the service said.

The largest area of wildfires is registered in the Krasnoyarsk Krai, where 1,700 hectares are ablaze in forests and around 3,200 hectares in the Tungussky natural reserve. A total of 1,100 hectares of wildfires are registered in Buryatia’s Barguzinsky natural reserve. One wildfire on the area of 190 hectares is active in the Zapovednoye Prokaukalye natural reserve in the Irkutsk Region.

The state of emergency is in force in Buryatia and Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District.

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