SIBERIA, RUSSIA – Wildfires in Siberia are common. But this summer unusually hot weather, dry thunderstorms and strong winds have combined to spark an emergency. More than 2.5 million hectares of forest are on fire throughout several regions in Siberia. A state of emergency has been declared in the five hardest-hit regions of Siberia. Last week Russia has deployed additional forces with at least 20 flights per day to fight massive fires in Siberia, RT reports.
The wildfires have been raging across Siberia for several weeks now. Initially the fires threatened remote uninhabited areas, but the fires are now getting closer to towns and cities in Siberia. A more robust response is needed to prevent the fires reaching habited areas. The Russian Defense Ministry has sent Il-76 air tankers and Mi-8 helicopters to help battle the wildfires.
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