Siberian wildfires area see six-fold rise in past three days - Rosleskhoz

Twenty-eight wildfires covering 2,755 hectares continue to rage in the forest lands of the Siberian Federal District (SFD) on Monday morning, according to the SFD office of the Russian Federal Forestry Agency (Rosleskhoz).

Twenty-eight wildfires covering 2,755 hectares continue to rage in the forest lands of the Siberian Federal District (SFD) on Monday morning, according to the SFD office of the Russian Federal Forestry Agency (Rosleskhoz).

Wildfires are raging in the Republic of Buryatia (three on a 19-hectare area), in the Baikal Territory (19 on 2,349 hectares), Krasnoyarsk Territory (one on 17 hectares), and in the Irkutsk region (five on 370 hectares).

Ten wildfires on 1,029 hectares have been contained, including three major wildfires on an area of 793 hectares in the Baikal Territory and Irkutsk region.

Over the past 24 hours, 49 wildfires on 2,049 have been put out by Monday morning, the spokesperson said.

Fires have been put out in the republics of Buryatia and Tuva, in the Baikal and Krasnoyarsk territories, and in the Irkutsk region, including seven major forest fires covering a total of 1,452 hectares in the Baikal Territory and Irkutsk region.

Thus, over the past three days the total area covered by wildfires in Siberia has seen a 6.4-fold increase from the 429 hectares registered last Friday morning.

A special anti-fire regime has been put in place in Chita and the Balei, Aksha and Kyra districts of the Baikal Territory.

A state of emergency is currently in place in several districts of the Baikal Territory (Karymsky, Chita, Aginsky, Sretensk, Krasny Chikoi, Petrovsk-Zabaikalsk, and Khilok).

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