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Russia: Area of wildfires exceeds 12,000 hectares, says official

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A spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has said there are currently "97 spots of fire in an area of more than 12,000 hectares, including 23 major ones," ITAR-TASS reported.

The spokesman said 266 fires broke out over the previous day. He ruled out any threat to nearby localities and economic facilities, ITAR-TASS reports. "The most serious situation is in Primorsky Krai," and in the Irkursk and Amur regions, he said.

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