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Firefighters Put Out 10 Of 20 Fires In Russia

MOSCOW, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Firefighters put out 10 wildfires in far eastern Russia, but were still struggling to extinguish 10 more, officials said Saturday.

More than 320 people, representing 44 emergency response units and 10 aircraft, have been working to put out the fires in Russia’s Far East, RIA Novosti reported.

“Ten forest fires continue raging on Saturday in four Far Eastern regions, which are Yakutia, Khabarovsk Territory, the Magadansk Region and Chukotka, covering a total area of 19.1 hectares,” a spokesman for the regional Emergencies Ministry’s department said.

Wildfires are common during the region’s dry and hot summers. They are predominantly caused by careless behavior of local residents.

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