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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Far East Fires Roaring

MOSCOW -- Firefighters in southeastern Russia have spotted 36 forest fires in the region, and were battling the most serious blazes, which have already scorched thousands of hectares, a news report said Wednesday.

The worst fire has been burning for several days outside the town of Pobeda, in the Khabarovsk region. The mountainous terrain has made it difficult to combat the blaze, which has burned over 6,300 hectares, Itar-Tass said.

Firefighters in the region say that they have already spotted 81 fires in recent weeks, twice as many as the same period last year.