As many as 586 forest fires are raging in Russia at the present time, 171 of them have appeared in the past twenty-four hours. As the information department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry reported on Wednesday, the greatest number of forest fires remain in Eastern Siberia - 183 in the Chita Region, 123 in Buryatia and 109 in the Irkutsk Region.
The Chita Region leads in the number of big fires - 59. However, in the past twenty-four hours their number has decreased.
The total area of the forests swept by fires in the last twenty-fours hours amounts to 27,000 hectares.
Since the beginning of the fire-dangerous season, nearly 400,000 hectares of forests have been enveloped in fire.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.