Russia's Far east hit by wildfires

There were 37 wildfires in the Magadan region on a total area of ​​144 thousand hectares.

There is no threat to settlements and economic facilities, the ministry said.

Sweltering heat and dry weather have helped wildfires spread across a number of Russian regions, reaching into the boreal forest and tundra that blanket northern Russia.

The high temperatures over northern Russia have not only fuelled massive wildfires, but they've also set normally moist peat bogs ablaze and thawed permafrost - adding to worry over the potential impact on the global climate of rapid shifts in the Arctic.

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