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Forest fires keep spreading in Russia’ s Far Eastern Khabarovsk region
Forest fires keep spreading in Russia’ s Far Eastern Khabarovsk region, engulfing another 320 hectares of taiga over the past 24 hours, sources from the regional forest protection service told Tass on Wednesday. Thirteen fire centres are registered in the region at the present moment. Over 600 hectares of woodland are on fire. There is no threat to the local population, although several fires are as close as five kilometres away from taiga villages. Sources form the Ministry for Emergency Situations say “about 1,000 settlements in the Far East face potential threat of forest and peat fires.” Checks in April and May have shown that local settlements are poorly protected against fire. Settlements in the Primorsky Territory, Yakutia and Sakhalin are among the most vulnerable. Forty settlements in the Far East have no telephone or radio communication at all. A total of 406 fires have been registered in the Far Eastern Federal District this year, destroying over 118,000 hectares of woodland.
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