According to RIA Novosti, the area of forest and peat fires raging in Russia, has increased over the past day by almost 8,3 thousand hectares — 45 hectares (an increase of 20%), the number of fires with an increase of 43, according to the Wednesday Emergencies Ministry.
"For the past day extinguished 196 wildfires on an area 9.55 hectares. Continue to operate 225 wildfires (area of active burning — 334.75 hectares, is localized — 44.94 thousand hectares)," — said in a statement.
Of them in the forest lands (FFA) registered 221 center on the area 44.64 thousand hectares (days earlier — 182 wildfires area 37,000 hectares).
Emergencies Ministry said that 12 large fires continue to operate in Yakutia (an area of 5 hectares), Khabarovsk (600 hectares), Krasnoyarsk (9.99 thousand hectares) and the Irkutsk region (8.8 thousand hectares).
To extinguish wildfires brought 5.49 thousand people and 892 pieces of equipment, including 2.14 thousand people and 534 pieces of equipment — from the FFA.
"Compared to the previous day, an increase of areas (for 8.24 thousand hectares) and the number of active fire sites (43 focus)," — said the agency.
The most difficult situation with fires developing in Yakutia, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk, and the edges of the Trans-Baikal, Irkutsk Region and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug.
As predicted by MOE, fire situation could worsen in Yakutia, Buryatia, Tuva, Bashkortostan, Kalmykia, Altai, Khabarovsk, Trans-Baikal and Krasnoyarsk Territories, Irkutsk, Orenburg, Saratov, Astrakhan, Rostov, Volgograd, Kursk and Voronezh regions.
Last summer and fall on a significant part of the territory of Russia flared strong natural fires caused by abnormal heat. In the 19 subjects of the federation suffered 199 settlements, 3.2 thousand houses were burned, killed 62 people. The total damage was more than 12 billion rubles. This year, the fire also cover a large area, particularly the Far East and Siberia.