32 forest fires contained in Siberia by Monday morning

32 forest fires contained in Siberia by Monday morning

25 April 2011

published by www.itar-tass.com

Russia — As many as 32 forest fires with an overall area of 4,054.5 hectares have been contained in Russia’s Siberian regions in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the Siberian regional emergencies centre told Itar-Tass on Monday.

By Monday morning, a total of 31 wildfire are still ravaging on an area of 662.4 hectares, the spokesman added.

According to the spokesman, fire fighting operations involve 870 men and 166 pieces of hardware.

Most hazardous is the fire, which is still burning on an area of 2,800 hectares in the Kaa-Khemsky district of the republic of Tuva, although fire fighters have managed to contain it.

The fourth-class fire hazard level has been imposed in 52 districts of the Altai territory, 17 districts of the Baikal territory, 11 districts of the republic of Buryatia, the Novosibirsk and Kemerovo regions, the republic of Khakassia, and the Krasnoyarsk territory.

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