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Siberia: Russian Forestry Service declared forest fires extinguished


For several months, serious forest fires raged in Siberia. According to the Russian authorities, the situation is now under control.

The fires in the forests of Siberia have been canceled according to the Russian authorities. There are no forest fires nationwide, said the forestry administration. On Sunday, seven fires were fought on an area of ​​94 hectares. 100 forces had been involved. Two airplanes would have supported from the air.

In summer, it burned for several months in the forests of Siberia, including the world's important taiga. In addition to the firefighting, especially the rain helped that the fires last could be clearly pushed back, the authorities said. The Russian military also used fire fighting aircraft.

The authorities estimated that more than nine million hectares of forest have been burned - the area is more than twice as large as North Rhine-Westphalia. Final figures were not available at first. The environmentalists of Greenpeace, however, assume a much greater extent. The people in the regions had been particularly toxic to smoke.

Forest and steppe fires are not uncommon in Siberia. But this time, strong winds and untypically high temperatures of up to 30 degrees have caused the fires to be much larger than is usually the case.

The authorities have left the fire for too long this time, is the reproach of many inhabitants. Especially in the remote regions of the taiga and tundra in the sparsely populated north of Siberia, the authorities had apparently renounced extinguishing for cost reasons, the news agency AFP reported. Forestry experts predict that it will take 100 years for the forest to recover from the fire.

Source: zeit

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