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Seven forest fires put out in Russia's Far East

07-01-2011 14:57 BJT

VLADIVOSTOK, July 1 (Xinhua)-- Rescuers and firefighters have put out seven of eight forest fires in Russia's Far East, a local official said Friday.

Seven fires were put out over the past 24 hours, and "only one active forest fire was registered in the Far Eastern territory as of 8:00 local time Friday (21:00 GMT Thursday)," RIA Novosti news agency quoted a spokesman for the local emergency ministry as saying.

The active fire, still raging in the remote Chukotka autonomous district, blackened an area of 8 hectares, according to the spokesman.

Wildfires in forested regions of Russia are common during the dry and hot summer season. In most cases, the fires are triggered by the carelessness of local residents in the woods.

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Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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