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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Siberian Forest Fires

MOSCOW -- Forest fires triggered by high temperatures and winds have spread across southern Siberia, ruining vast areas, officials said Monday.

In the Buryatia region blazes have destroyed 78,000 hectares this spring, six times more than in the same period last year, Itar-Tass reported, quoting the local forestry department.

In the nearby Tuva region, officials have registered 119 fires. About 3,000 hectares of forest and grasslands are ablaze, Tuva forest protection chief Oleg Yazmuradov said, Itar-Tass reported.