Russian military aircraft help fight wildfires in Siberia
- Russian Federation
The ministry said that military helicopters also dropped water to extinguish fires and carried firefighters.
The Russian state agency responsible for fighting forest fires, Avialesookhrana, said that more than 300 fires had engulfed about 857,000 hectares (over 2.1 million acres). It noted that Sakha-Yakutia was the worst affected, with 123 fires covering more than 725,700 hectares (around 1.8 million acres).
Russia has been plagued by widespread forest fires, blamed on unusually high temperatures and the neglect of fire safety rules.
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