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Total of 4,926 hectares of taiga are burning in Russia’s Far East
A total of 4,926 hectares of taiga are burning in Russia’s Far East, sources from the regional centre of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations reported on Monday. Rains have put out all major taiga fires, but nine fires still persist in four Russian regions, they said. Woodland is on fire in the Khabarovsk region, Sakhalin, Chukotka and Yakutia. Over 180 specialists, planes, helicopters and over 70 units of ground hardware participate in fight against the blaze. Last week, almost 30,000 hectares of woodland were engulfed in flames in the Khabarovsk and Amur regions. Specialists were failing to localize eight major fire centres in mountain hard-of-access regions. Each of these fires expanded from 3,000 hectares to 8,000 hectares. Only intensive rains can cope with fires in such cases. All in all, 702 taiga and woodland fires have been registered in the Far East this year. They have destroyed over 215,000 hectares of wood lots, the emergencies ministry reported.
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