Firefighters extinguish 2 of 4 forest fires in Russia’s Far East

Firefighters extinguish all forest fires in Russia’s Far East

24 October 2011

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Russia — Firefighters and rescuers extinguished all four forest fires, registered over the past 24 hours in Russia’s Far East, a spokesman for the regional emergencies ministry said on Monday.

“Four forest fires were registered on the territory of the Far Eastern region and rescuers managed to put out all of them,” the spokesman said.

About 30 people and 13 units of firefighting hardware, including five aircraft, were involved in combating the forest fires, he added.

Wildfires across Russia are common during dry and hot summers and in the fall. Most fires start because of the careless behavior of local residents.

Forest fires devastated a number of regions in central Russia last year, killing 62 people and leaving thousands homeless.

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