Moscow (dpa) - In the forest fire areas in Siberia continue to fight thousands of forces against the conflagration. In the Irkutsk region alone on Lake Baikal, 4,500 volunteers want to use special fire extinguishers to prevent the fires from spreading to settlements, the authorities said. According to the forestry administration, the fires have meanwhile destroyed an area of ​​about three million hectares, as big as North Rhine-Westphalia. In the morning, the authorities counted 174 forest fires on an area of ​​about 125,000 hectares. Most fires rage in the Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk regions.