A Russian emergencies Ministry plane has protected from the fire of two Chilean cities

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The plane EMERCOM of Russia prevented the spread of a forest fire in two cities in Chile. About it “Interfax” was told on Thursday, February 2, the press service of the Russian Ministry.

During the day, the pilots flew four times to extinguish the fire, throwing the burning forest, 168 tons of water. “Thus they prevented the fire from spreading towards the village of Navidad and the settlement of Concepcion,” — said in the MOE.

Concepcion is one of the oldest cities in Chile, was founded in 1550. It is home to more than 230 thousand people. The city is called University centre of the country, it is the highest number of universities in Chile.

Il-76 arrived to help at the request of the Chilean party, in the country about a few weeks of raging wildfires. In seven regions (Coquimbo, valparaíso, Metropolitana, O’higgins, Maule, araucanía and Biobio) declared a state of emergency. 10 people were killed, more than 6 thousand evacuated.