Eight firefighters die in Siberian forest fire

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Eight firefighters die in Siberian forest fire

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At least eight Russian firefighters have died battling a blaze in a Siberian forest.

They were part of a team of parchutists drafted in to put the fire out, which was been raging since Tuesday.

The fire happened in Tuva, which is close to the border with Mongolia.

A day of mourning has been declared there to remember those who died.

Russia officials have opened an investigation.

They said there are currently at least 132 fires burning across the country.

Two years ago, Russia was hit by widespread wildfires that razed over a million hectares of forestry.

A quarter of Russia’s cereal harvest was destroyed that summer, pushing up food prices as a result.