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Mongolia's capital covered with smog from wildfires in Siberia

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-07-31 16:15

ULAN BATOR -- Smog from massive wildfires currently raging in Russia's Siberia has already reached some parts of Mongolia, authorities said on Wednesday.

"We have been seriously watching the situation of the severe forest fires in Siberia," said Purevjav Soronzonbold, a senior officer of the Firefighting Department at the Mongolian National Emergency Management Agency.

According to the officer, smoky fog came to northern parts of the country on Monday and the capital city Ulan Bator on Tuesday evening.

Currently, there are no on-going fires in Mongolia, Soronzonbold added.

Russia has declared a state of emergency for its forests in four regions of Siberia and the Far East as the mass wildfires have been raging on nearly 3 million hectares, according to the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service on Monday.

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