Forest Fires Rage in Russia Far East

RUSSIA: Forest Fires Rage in Russia Far East

Source: ITAR-TASS News Agency, 5 August 2001

By Leonid Vinogradov 

A total of 69,000 hectares of forests, steppes and tundra are engulfed in flames in Russia’s Yakutia, the Magadan region, the Koryak and
Chukotka autonomous regions as well as the Khabarovsk region. 
People and nature fail to cope with the elements raging in the Far Eastern Federal District. According to the Far Eastern regional centre of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, the biggest number of hotbeds of fire, 64, have been registered in Yakutia. 
A total of 250,000 hectares of forests and steppes have been destroyed by fires this year. According to the emergencies ministry centre, 1,352 people are fighting against fires in the region. 


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