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Two Russian wildfires out; two to go

Aug. 20, 2012 at 7:39 AM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Russian firefighters battled two of four wildfires Monday that had burned hundreds of acres in the country's far-eastern regions, officials said.

The two fires were in Khabarovsk Territory and had spread over 210 acres, ITAR-Tass reported. About 28 people and six vehicles were involved in fighting the fires.

The other two wildfires, in Yakutia, were extinguished Sunday, officials said. Those fires had covered about 740 acres.

About 1.1 million acres in Khabarovsk Territory and Yakutia have been damaged by fire since the start of the fire season, the Russian forestry service said.

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