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Huge wildfire extinguished in Russia

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A huge wildfire, raging in Russia’s far eastern Yakutia region for the past three weeks, has been extinguished, a forest official said on Wednesday.

The wildfire, covering an area of more than 3,000 hectares of woods, was raging in the Lena Pillars Nature Park, a world natural heritage site, since June 28.

Twenty wildfires were reported in Yakutsk, Magadan, Khabarovsk, and Chukotka regions, it said.About 500 firefighters, 46 pieces of equipment and six aircraft were mobilized to fight the fires, it said.

The Far East region has witnessed 1,047 forest fires so far this year, far more than the same period last year.

In recent years, relatively hotter summers in the Russian Far East have created prime conditions for wildfires.Yakutia has so far this year witnessed 109 wildfires, destroying 8,000 hectares of woods.

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