Three contained wildfires still not extinguished in Yakutia

GORNO-ALTAISK, August 2 (Itar-Tass) —— Three wildfires have not yet been extinguished in Russia’s Siberian republic of Yakutia, a spokesman for the local emergencies administration told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

On Monday, there were five wildfires on an overall area of 137 hectares in Yakutia, of which two were put out.

Fire fighting operations in the region involve 133 men and 15 units of hardware, including eight aircraft. On Monday, a total of 48 tons of water were discharged from the aircraft.

In all, since the beginning of this year’s fire season, a total of 422 forest fires on an overall area of 434,294.9 hectares were registered in Yakutia.

The head of the republic imposed a state of emergency in Yakutia’s 18 districts from July 15.

Seven criminal cases were opened on charges of violations of fire rules.

The emergencies ministry has called on Yakutia’s residents not to visit forests and to observe fire safety rules.


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