Wildfires have travelled 4,240,000 hectares since the beginning of the fire season in Yakutia, says Andrey Mikhaylov, head of the forestry department of the regional Ministry of Ecology, APA reports citing TASS.
"A total of 1,326 wildfires have been registered since the beginning of the fire season; last year, there were 1,598 ones. While the number of wildfires is lower, their area is larger. The total area is now 4,240,000 hectares," Mikhaylov said.
He noted that there are currently 171 active wildfires, which have travelled across over two million hectares; 58 of them are currently being eliminated across 17 districts of the region. In the past 24 hours, eight wildfires with total area of 11,300 hectares were eliminated.
Yakutia is one of Russia’s most dangerous regions from the standpoint of wildfires. The regional state of emergency has been in effect since July 1. People are forbidden from visiting the woods.