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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Il-76s to Los Alamos

MOSCOW -- Two giant Il-76 jets capable of dumping 44 tons of water are standing by to help fight the fire in Los Alamos in the United States if needed, officials said Friday.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said it had received an official request from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency for the planes, but was awaiting confirmation before ordering the long flight to the United States.

The planes were "ready to take off at any minute,'' said ministry official Alexander Zalyotov.