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Forest Fire Situation to Remain Tense in Russia Next Week

(published by: ITAR-TASS News Agency, July 10, 2004)

Forest fire areas will expand in some Russian regions next week, the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Antidisaster Centre forecasts.

The situation will remain tense in the Far East where fires are raging in Yakutia, the Magadan Region and the Khabarovsk Territory, the ministry’s press service reported.

The number of outbreaks may increase in the Chita and Irkutsk regions and Buryatia.

The blaze areas will enlarge in the Kurgan, Sverdlovsk, Tyumen and Chelyabinsk regions.

Large outbreaks are possible in Komi and the Arkhangelsk Region, a ministerial spokesman said.

Small forest fires may also take place in the Central Federal District.

According to the ministry’s information, there are 188 forest fires in Russia now over a total area of almost 11,000 hectares.

More than 16,000 forest fire outbreaks have been reported since the beginning of this year.

As compared to last year, the number of fires is almost the same, but the total area is eight times less.


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