Over 25,000 hectares engulfed by wildfires in Urals and Siberia
As of Wednesday morning, there are 167 wildfires in Russia, engulfing over 25,000 hectares of woodland, the Russian Federal Forestry Agency told Interfax.
Thirty-five of them are raging on an area of 10,500 hectares in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, 34 on 1,400 hectares in the Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous District, 17 fire on 6,300 hectares in the Tomsk region, three fires on 2,200 hectares in the Sakhalin region, 15 fires on 2,400 hectares in Yakutia and 15 fires on an area of 1,500 hectares in the Khabarovsk Territory.
A total of 182 wildfires, including four major blazes, have been put out in Russia over the past 24 hours, the agency said.
Weather conditions and reckless use of fire are the main causes of wildfires, the agency said.
A number of Russian regions have declared a state of emergency to stabilize the wildfire situation. "A state of emergency has been imposed across the Republic of Tyva, the Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous District, the Tomsk region, the Khabarovsk Territory, in one district in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, four districts in Yakutia, one district in the Amur region, six districts in the Sakhalin region, three districts in the Volgograd region and one district in the Chelyabinsk region," the Federal Forestry Agency said.