The number of forest fires in Russia is decreasing. According to the Russian Forestry Agency, there are currently 177 fires spread over an area of about half a million hectares.
At their peak this summer, the fires burned more than 4 million acres. The fire was ignited due to drought and high temperatures.
More than 9,000 people are still battling the flames. The agency said that they will receive the support of 33 firefighting aircraft.
The Republic of Yakutia in eastern Siberia remains the most affected region. According to local authorities, emergency services are building extensive fire barriers to prevent the flames from spreading further.
Many fires are located far from populated towns and cities. However, the fires were dangerous to health, because smoke could travel thousands of kilometers.
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