MOSCOW — More than 14,000 fires have occurred in Russian forests since the beginning of the year, the press service of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said.
Those fires affected an area of 412,000 hectares.
“Compared with the same period a year ago, the number of hotbeds of fire reduced by more than 25% and the total area affected by fire shrank by 10%.
The press service warned, however, that it was too early yet to claim that the period prone with new fires was over, as 58 fires are blazing in the Urals and Siberia and the total area they affected stands at over 6,000 hectares.
In the Chita region alone, three fires have engulfed 4,800 hectares of forests.
The main problem is the arid weather, very untypical for early October. They have caused forest and peat bog fires in three districts of the Moscow region.