Airborne firefighters risk their lives to fight Russia's forest fires

On July 26, Russia marks Parachutists' Day - the unofficial holiday of professional and amateur parachutists alike. This video shows the work of parachuting firefighters from the Aerial Forest Fire Center (Avialesokhrana), hundreds of whom risk their lives each year to put out forest fires - a bane on Russia's vast expanses. As of July 26, 183 forest fires were registered nationwide, affecting some 17,670 hectares (more than 43,660 acres).

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