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Thousands of hectares of taiga are burning in Russia’s Far East and Siberia
Thousands of hectares of taiga are burning in Russia’s Far East and Siberia, according to the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations. A total of 109 woodland fires covering the area of 10,700 hectares have been registered in the Maritime region this year. A total of 24 fire centers are fixed in the region at the present moment, the regional department of the emergencies ministry reported on Monday. Hot and dry weather in the Amur region, with day temperatures reaching 27 degrees above zero, aggravates the situation. Thirty-six out of 74 forest fires in the Far East are in the Amur region. Over 570,000 hectares of taiga and non-woodland areas have been destroyed there by blaze this year. The area of fires in the Far East this year exceeds 17 times the figure of the same period last year. According to the forest protection service, 210,200 hectares of woodland and 385,500 hectares of non-forest areas have been already destroyed in the Far East this year. An emergency situation has been announced in 11 districts of the Amur region, as well as in the cities of Raichikhinsk and Blagoveshchensk. Forest fires persist in the Baikal region. Over 6,000 hectares of taiga are on fire in the Chita region. Over 330 forest fires have been registered in the Chita region this year. They have destroyed more than 21,000 hectares of woodland. Almost 1,800 hectares of woodland are burning in Buryatia. A stormy weather impedes fight against forest fires in the Baikal region. Strong winds take the fire to tree heads, and sometimes it is impossible to stop such fires.
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