In the far East burned more than 16 thousand hectares of forest

© RIA Novosti / Igor Alienability in fotobanken fire. Archival photoIn the far East burned more than 16 thousand hectares of forest© RIA Novosti / Igor Ajankohtaista the image Bank

Forest fires in the far East killed per day 16.5 thousand hectares of forest, which is twice more than in the previous day, according to the forestry Department in the far Eastern Federal district on Thursday.

Earlier it was reported that the previous day in the area the fire destroyed 8,1 thousand hectares of forest.

«In the past day in the far Eastern Federal district originated nine new forest fires. Given the previously encountered fires, there were 38 lesions and 36 of them in Yakutia, one in the Khabarovsk Krai and Sakhalin oblast. The total area passed by fire for days, amounted to 16.5 thousand hectares. Almost all of it came in Yakutia», — stated in the message.

It is noted that to extinguish the fires worked 846 people, 130 units of ground equipment, six aircraft. On Thursday, the firefighting continues.

Since the beginning of the fire period of the current year within the County arose 1.66 thousand forest fires on the area more than 1,3 million hectares. Its main part falls Yakutia – 870,6 thousand hectares.