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Russia puts out wildfires, offers help to Turkey

08-24-2010 08:14 BJT Special Report:Forest Fires Ravage Russia |

MOSCOW, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday lifted the state of emergency in Ryazan region, bordering Moscow region in the southeast after the wildfires there were put out, news agencies reported.

Ryazan had been the last region where the emergency caused by wildfires and drought remained in force before the presidential order.

Meanwhile in Nizhny Novgorod region, 400 km east from Moscow, 98 percent of wildfires have been put out. Some 26 lingering peat bog fires were currently under control.

In Moscow region, only three peat bog fires were left as of Monday. All forest fires have been extinguished, said the Emergency Situations Ministry.

During the summer, in total 1,402 forest fires, 942 peat bog fires as well as 6,166 bush and grass fires occurred in the Moscow region, said the ministry.

On Monday, Medvedev also offered help to combat wildfires in Turkey. He telephoned his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul and thanked him for his country's assistance in fighting fires in Russia.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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