Over 55 wildfires raging in Far East forests

Over 55 wildfires raging in Far East forests

30 April 2014

published by http://voiceofrussia.com

Russia — In the past 24 hours 21 out of 77 wildfires raging on over 7,000 hectares were extinguished in Russia’s Far East.

As of early Wednesday, 56 wildfires were raging in the Far East, the Far East Federal District forestry department press office said in a statement.

Twenty four of them are in Primorye, 15 in the Amur region and 15 in Khabarovsk area and two in the Jewish Autonomous Region.

A total of 1,303 people, 212 units of equipment, 15 aircraft, including eight helicopters, were involved in extinguishing fires in the region.

Fire covered over 7,300 hectares in the past 24 hours and the Amur region accounts for most of it – almost 5,500 hectares, the document said. Since the fire season started, a total of 1,372 wildfires on over 184,000 hectares emerged in the region, while 104 wildfires at a little over 5,500 hectares were registered during the same period of 2013.

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