The fires in Siberia cover an area of 2.4 million hectares (24,000 square kilometers), 400,000 hectares less than a week ago, the Russian Ministry of Emergency reported today.
"The area of the fire has decreased to 2.4 million hectares. Some of the 441 floodlights are still lit and 31 of them are already controlled," said a statement from that portfolio.
For its part, the Ministry of Defense reported on Sunday that military aviation in four days managed to extinguish 753,000 hectares affected by fire, which some areas continue to spread.
Given the severity of the fires, on July 31, the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, ordered the army to join the work of extinction.
Four Siberian entities of the Russian Federation, the Irkutsk and Krasnoyark regions and the republics of Yakutia and Buryatia, have been declared in a state of emergency.
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