Forest fires raging in Siberia

Five forest fires had been raging in Siberia as of Monday morning, the Siberian Federal District Forestry Department said.

The fires are 62 hectares in size; the largest of them (44 hectares) in the Verkhneketsky district of the Tomsk region has been confined. There are also fires in the Barguzinsky district of Buryatia, the Parabelsky district of the Tomsk region and the Krasnoyarsk territory.

Fires were burning on nine hectares in Siberia on Friday. The fire zone grew 6.9 times by Monday morning.

Forest guards had put out 12 forest fires on 22 hectares by Monday.

One hundred and twenty-seven people, 39 fire trucks and two aircraft extinguished the fires.

"There is no threat to residential areas or economic sites," the department said.

Meanwhile, rains have helped put out forest fires in the Elizovo district of the Kamchatka territory, the regional government reported on Monday.

"The last wildfire of approximately 30 hectares was extinguished in the Avachinsky Volcano area over the weekend. Forest guards put out another fire on seven hectares in the same area and a seven-hectare fire in the Nalychevskaya Valley on Friday," the report quoted Kamchatka territorial minister for special programs and Cossack affairs Sergei Khabarov.

There are no wildfires in Kamchatka now, the minister said.

"Yet the weather is hot and dry again, and citizens are requested to abide by fire safety rules in forests," he said.

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