Amphibious aircraft dropped 60 tons of water on a forest fire in the Tomsk region

Russian Emergencies Ministry aircraft proceeded to extinguish fires in the north of the Tomsk region, has dropped 60 tons of water, said Friday regional GUMCHS.

Amphibian aircraft Be-200 began to extinguish the fire in the Alexander area of Friday at 12.40 (MSK).

"As of 15:00 (MSK), produced five water releases totaling 60 tons to the current forest fire 30 kilometers south-east of the village of Alexander" — said in a release authority.

Siberia were covered with smog from forest fires. The total area of fires only in the Tomsk region for the last day increased by 8.5% to Friday morning 8.5 thousand hectares. The region reported 34 forest fires in 11 districts. Tomsk is shrouded in dense smoke and carbon monoxide in the air exceeds the rate in half.

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