Wildfires subside in Irkutsk Region, Buryatia - Emergency Situations Ministry

The total area burned by forest fires in Irkutsk Region and Buryatia have dropped significantly, by more than 20,000 hectares, over the past 24 hours, a spokesperson for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told Interfax on Sept.6.

The total area burned by forest fires in Irkutsk Region and Buryatia have dropped significantly, by more than 20,000 hectares, over the past 24 hours, a spokesperson for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told Interfax on Sept.6.

"Seven fires which burned over 28,100 hectares in Buryatia have been put out. As a result, the number of fires has dropped by six to 35. The area burnt by active fires has dropped by more than 13,300 hectares," the spokesperson said.

The fires were put out in wild forests; the situation in natural reserve parks has not changed.

In Irkutsk Region, which neighbors Buryatia, three more fires have erupted on 31 hectares in the past 24 hours. "Eight fires were extinguished on over 8,200 hectares. As a result, the number of fires dropped by five to 24, and their area by 7,080 hectares," the spokesperson said.

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