TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Red Crescent Society of Iran have been flying aircraft over Iran’s northern province of Golestan to put out the wildfire that is burning the region’s mountainous forests, officials said.

Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force’s Aerial Operations General Shamsaddin Farzadi said on Saturday that the IRGC helicopters have performed at least 60 sorties in the province of Golestan since November 2 to extinguish the forest fires.

An official at the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Aerial Firefighting Department has also announced that the choppers of the IRGC and the Red Crescent Society have been dispatched to the mountainous forests in Tuskestan village near Gorgan county to contain the wildfire that has burned tens of hectares of woods so far.

Iranian military forces play a leading role in the rescue and relief efforts during natural disasters in the country. The Army and the IRGC units have saved the lives of civilians in many incidents, such as floods and earthquakes.