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Firefighters From Armenia, Russia Localize Wildfire In Forest Reserve


The wildfire in the Khosrov Forest State Reserve

Firefighters who have been battling a wildfire in Armenia's Khosrov forest reserve for days have succeeded in localizing the fire with help from a Russian air tanker, officials say.

The fire broke out on August 12 and has burned hundreds of hectares of vegetation since then.

One Defense Ministry helicopter had been fighting the blaze alone, but it received help when the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry dispatched a firefighting plane filled with tons of water on August 15.

The heavy-lifting Il-76 aircraft dumped 250 tons of water in six passes over the burning forest, the Russian ministry said.

Preliminary assessments found the fire, which spread quickly, has done considerable damage to the vegetation and wildlife in the reserve, Armenian Nature Protection Minister Artsvik Minasyan said.

With reporting by TASS
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