Firefighters put out 7 forest fires in Russia’s Far East

Firefighters extinguished seven wildfires in the Russian Far East in the past twenty-four hours and are battling three more forest fires in the area, a spokesman for the regional forestry department said on Monday.

Over 80 people and three aircraft are involved in the firefighting effort, the spokesman added.

Russia is trying to prevent the developments of last summer, when an enormous heat wave in the country’s European part caused massive wildfires, which killed 62 people and left thousands homeless.

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.

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