Over 30 forest fires put out in Far East over past 24 hours

Forty-six forest fires were raging in the Russian Far East on Monday, the Far Eastern forestry department said on Tuesday.

Forty-six forest fires were raging in the Russian Far East on Monday, the Far Eastern forestry department said on Tuesday.

"There were 27 fires in the Amur region, 15 in the Primorsky territory, three in the Khabarovsk territory and one in the Jewish autonomous region," it said.

Firemen extinguished 33 fires.

Thirteen fires are still burning in the Russian Far East, five of them in the Amur region, four in the Primorsky territory, three in the Khabarovsk territory and one in the Jewish autonomous region.

The fires have spread over 1,638 hectares, 74% of them (1,218 hectares) in the Amur region.

"The situation was the worst in the Amur region, on which the firefighting forces concentrated their efforts," the report said.

Some 573 firemen, 96 fire engines, four planes and four helicopters were assigned on the firefighting mission.

A total of 513 forest fires have broken out in the district on more than 31,100 hectares since the beginning of this wildfire season.

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