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Khuzestan's Stifling Smoke Draws Top Official to Province

The residents of Khuzestan continue to suffer the side effects of a nearly one-month wildfire amid indifference on the part of Iraqi officials
Khuzestan's Stifling Smoke  Draws Top Official to ProvinceKhuzestan's Stifling Smoke  Draws Top Official to Province
Water-dropping choppers might be unable to extinguish the fire and ground operations are essential to controlling the inferno

The huge wildfire in Hour Al-Azim wetland in the southwest of Iran that shows no sign of abating and keeps choking the residents of Khuzestan Province with its dense fumes has pressed the chief of the Department of Environment to make a trip to the region in person to observe the conditions. 
Isa Kalantari said after an aerial visit to the wetland by helicopter that the water-dropping choppers might be unable to extinguish the fire due to its size, and ground operations are essential to controlling the inferno. 
"To approach the fire by land, we need to reach agreements with the Iraqi side," he was quoted as saying by IRNA. 

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