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Russian wildfires double in size

MOSCOW, May 15 (UPI) -- Wildfires raging in Siberia doubled in size from 1,400 to 3,700 acres over a 24 hour period, Russia's Emergencies Ministry reported Sunday.

"There are 106 hotbeds of wildfires on a total area of 1,492.6 hectares (3,688.2 acres) in Siberia," the ministry said.

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Ministry officials said the forest fires are the result of local resident activity, RIA Novosti reported.

It was unclear exactly what kind of activity they were referring to.

"Overall, 2,300 people and 534 pieces of equipment have been involved in the firefighting effort in the past 24 hours," the ministry said.

There have also been other wildfires reported in the Tomsk and Irkutsk Regions, the Trans-Baikal Territory, the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Republics of Tyva and Buryatia, the ministry said.

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