90 Wildfires Rage Across Russia

MOSCOW, April 24 (Itar-Tass) — More than 90 wildfires have spread on more than 5,000 hectares in Russia, a source in the Ministry of Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass on Sunday.

“For the past day 225 wildfires were registered on an area of more than 6,600 hectares, 134 of them were put down. Some 91 wildfires keep raging on an area of more than 5,100 hectares,” the source said.

Only a third of raging wildfires were localized, the source noted.

Two major wildfires are raging in Tuva on a total area of more than 3,000 hectares.

From the start of the fire prone season 1,403 wildfires have broken out on a total area of about 33,000 hectares in Russia. “The number of wildfires has doubled this year and their area increased more than eight times against the same period of the previous year,” the source said.

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