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Wildfires hit Russia's Far East

VLADIVOSTOK, June 16 — Wildfires have destroyed some 9,000 hectares of taiga in Magadan and Chukotka in the northeastern area of Russia's Far East since Wednesday, the local forestry department reported Thursday.

The Magadan region was worst-hit, with some 5,200 hectares of woods caught in raging flames.

More than 400 firefighters and five aircraft are being involved, with nine out of the 25 wildfires put out, the forestry department said.

Russia's Far East region has suffered 965 wildfires so far this year, far more from the same period last year. (PNA/Xinhua)

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