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    Firefighters and rescuers extinguished all but one forest fires in Russia's Far East over the past 24 hours

    Firefighters and rescuers extinguished all but one forest fires in Russia's Far East over the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the regional emergencies ministry said on Friday

    "Six forest fires were registered in the Primorye Territory over the past 24 hours. Firefighters extinguished five of them,” the spokesman said.

    Some 60 people and 11 units of firefighting hardware, including three aircraft, were involved in combating the wildfires, he added.

    Wildfires across Russia are common during dry and hot summers and in the fall. Most fires start because of the careless behavior of local residents.

    Forest fires devastated a number of regions in central Russia last year, killing 62 people and leaving thousands homeless.

     

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