Six forest fires remain active in Russia’s Far East

Firefighters and rescuers in Russia’s Far East extinguished three forest fires over the past 24 hours and continue battling six more forest fires, a statement from the regional emergencies ministry said on Thursday.

“As of 8:00 local time on Thursday [21:00 GMT Monday] six forest fires continue raging in the Far East covering an area of 4.09 hectares,” the spokesman said.

Wildfires in forested regions of Russia are common during the dry and hot summer season. Most of the time, the fires start because of the careless behavior of local residents in the woods.

Wildfires devastated a number of regions in central Russia last summer, killing 62 people and leaving thousands homeless.

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