Forest fire area tripled in Baikal region over past day

Forest fire area tripled in Baikal regionover past day

11June 2008

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IRKUTSK, June 11 (Itar-Tass) – The area of forest fires has tripled over the past day to reach 785 hectares in the Baikal region. Some 56 fires are raging in the taiga, a source in the regional emergencies department told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

The fires are reported in 21 districts, most of them are spotted less than ten kilometers away from the settlements.

“Yet the fires do not pose a threat to houses and other facilities, but the winds are expected to get stronger to 22 meters a second by Wednesday afternoon, dust storms are also expected, so the fire area may grow manifold,” the source said.

From the beginning of the fire-prone season in the first decade of April more than 1,800 fires that burnt down 35,000 hectares of the forests were reported in the Baikal taiga.

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