Wildfires in Russia’s Chelyabinsk region have increased to 14,000 hectares, a Russian Emergencies Ministry spokesperson said on Saturday, APA reports citing TASS.
"As of 06:00 am Moscow time, wildfires engulfed 14,000 hectares in three districts," the spokesperson said.
According to the Emergencies Ministry, "over 350 people, including 150 children, were evacuated due to the fires." "As many as 179 people, among them 128 kids, have been taken to five temporary accommodation centers, while others are staying with their relatives," the spokesperson specified.
Firefighting activities currently involve over 630 personnel, as well as the Emergencies Ministry’s Ilyushin Il-76 and Beriev Be-200 aircraft and a Mil Mi-8 helicopter.