Forest fires spread in Siberia

Forest fires spread in Siberia

22 May 2011

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Russia — The area affected by wildfires raging in Siberia has expanded by 950 hectares to about 2,000 hectares in the past twenty-four hours, the Emergencies Ministry reported on Sunday.

“There are 92 hotbeds of wildfires on a total area of 1,935.6 hectares in Siberia,” the ministry said.

Firefighters have localized 38 wildfires on an area of 641 hectares in the past twenty-four hours. The cause of forest fires is the activity of local residents, the ministry said.

“Overall, 1,500 people and 366 pieces of equipment have been involved in the fire-fighting effort in the past twenty-four hours,” the ministry said.

Wildfires devastated a number of regions in central Russia last summer, killing 62 people and leaving thousands homeless.

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