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Anti-fire regime has been introduced in the Khabarovsk Territory
An anti-fire regime has been introduced in the Khabarovsk Territory, where 3,200 hectares of the forest are on fire. The taiga fires are raging in ten areas over 23,00 hectares, a spokesman at the regional emergencies ministry told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday. Rains that fell on Tuesday put out conflagrations in only small areas. Thirty-six fires are continuing. Most are extensive. Specialists say the situation is close to critical. Several residential areas had to be saved from the forest fires. The Far Eastern centre of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said 47 fires are sweeping across 25,000 hectares of the taiga. Forest are also on fire in the Kamchatka, Amur, Magadan and Sakhalin regions. About 800 people, 142 units of ground equipment and 16 aircraft are involved in fire-fighting efforts. There have been 533 forest fires in the Russian Far East since the spring, burning out 152,000 hectares of the forest.
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