Lightning, negligence of residents, cited as causes of forest fires burning on 13,519 hectares in Siberia; region has seen 6,390 forest fires on 1.1 million hectares since start of wildfire season

NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia , July 10, 2014 () – Seventy-nine wildfires are raging across 13,518.8 hectares in the Siberian Federal District, the district department of the Federal Forestry Agency (Rosleskhoz) said.

The size of the wildfire area is practically unchanged since Wednesday when 13,395 hectares of forest were ablaze, it said.

A total of 49 forest fires were put out across 6,089.64 hectares over the past day.

Some 1,860 foresters and smokejumpers, 180 fire engines and 30 aircraft were assigned to the firefighting mission.

Most of the fires were caused by the negligence of local residents and lightning.

In total, the Siberian Federal District has seen 6,390 forest fires on 1,156,100 hectares since the beginning of this wildfire season.

Te AP

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