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Over 200 woodland fires are registered across Russia
A total of 215 woodland fires, including 25 major fires, are registered across Russia. Ninety new fires have broken out in Russia over the past 24 hours, a press release of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources said on Thursday. A total of 12,491 woodland fires have been fixed in Russia this year, which is 3.4 times more than over the same period last year, it said. The fire has destroyed 274,867 hectares of woodland, which is seven times higher than last year’s figure, the press release said. The number of forest fires has drastically increased (from eight to 46) in the Irkutsk region over the past 24 hours. Seven of them were liquidated quickly. Most fire centres have emerged in southern districts of the Irkutsk region. Situation with woodland fires is tense in the Amur region, where 45 forest fires are registered. A total of 5,400 hectares of woodland and 4,800 hectares of non-forest areas have been destroyed by blaze alone over the past 24 hours. An emergency situation has been imposed in 11 regions and two cities of the Amur region. Police posts are set out on roads leading to forests, and over 600 people are combating the blaze in the region. However, they fail to cope with the situation. The leadership of the regional department of the Ministry for Emergency Situations is on duty round the clock, and a special group has been set up to coordinate anti-fire efforts. Minor fires are registered in the Jewish Autonomous Area, as well as in the Khabarovsk and Maritime regions, where 100 to 400 hectares of woodland are burning. Active fight against forest fires continues in the Tyumen region and in Buryatia. A ban on visiting forests is in place in the Smolensk, Novgorod, Samara regions, as well as in parts of the Altai, Amur, Ryazan, Tyumen, Sverdlovsk, Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk regions, and in parts of Udmurtia, Mari-El, and Buryatia.
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