The huge forest fires in Siberia seem to be extinguished slowly but surely. Russian media write that the burning area became 6 percent smaller on Monday. According to experts, this is due to the large amount of precipitation that has fallen in recent days.
Nevertheless, the Russian fire brigade still fights against 202 forest fires over an area of more than 283 thousand hectares. 49 forest tires would have been extinguished in the last 24 hours, which amounts to an area of 5.9 thousand hectares.
Since July, the area affected by the giant smoke and smog is said to have become almost five times smaller.
In total, more than 4 thousand people and dozens of aircraft fight the flames. An area the size of Belgium (3 million hectares of forest) would have long been destroyed by the flames, an area the size of the Netherlands would still be on fire in the north, writes the NOS.
The majority of the forest fires are located near the cities of Irkutsk and Karsnoyarsk. Siberia is affected by forest fires almost every year, but this year the fires are more numerous and severe due to the drought and warm temperatures.
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