Wildfires Destroy Vast Taiga In Russian Far East

May 13, 2016 – More than 60 wildfires have destroyed over 7,534 hectares of taiga in Russia’s Far East region in the past 24 hours, the local forestry department reported on Friday.

Khabarovsk and Amur areas registered the most fires in the Far East Federal District, with 28 fires devouring 3,114 hectares and 11 fires swallowing almost 4,100 hectares in the two areas respectively over the past 24 hours.

“We were able to cope with 28 fires within one day. A total of 1,266 people, 234 pieces of equipment and 11 aircraft were involved in the firefighting efforts,” the local administration said.

Overall, 646 forest fires on 76,900 hectares of land have been registered in the Far East this year, more frequent than in 2015.

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