The extent of forest fires in Russia has doubled in four days News from Germany about Russia DW

In the last four days, the extent of forest fires in Russia has doubled. As of 0000 Moscow time on Thursday, May 19, there were 97 forest fires in Russia in an area of ​​41,866 hectares, which were actively extinguished, the Federal Forest Service said the same day. At 00:00 on May 15, 129 forest fires were recorded in an area of ​​19,657 hectares, Avialesouhrana reported.

The five worst affected areas are Irkutsk Oblast (18,954 hectares), Krasnoyarsk Krai (15,479 hectares), Tiva (2,730 hectares), Khakassia (1,010 hectares) and Tomsk Oblast (414 hectares). The firefighting involved 4,311 people, 798 pieces of equipment and 34 aircraft, 91 aircraft are monitoring the state of forest fires, it is reported below.

Among other things, forest fires operate in specially protected natural areas. In Tuva, the “Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina” reserve is burning to an area of ​​1,875 hectares; in Krasnoyarsk Territory, 316 hectares were set on fire at the Sayano-Sushensky refuge.

The firefighting season began in 81 regions of the Russian Federation

The statement notes that yesterday in 23 Russian regions, 88 natural fires were extinguished in an area of ​​4279 hectares – in Arkhangelsk, Pskov, Saratov, Sverdlovsk, Kurgan, Chelyabinsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Irkutsk, in Kemerovo. , Amur, Altai, Tyva, Yakutia, Buryatia, Altai, Primorsky, Trans-Baikal, Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk Territories, as well as the Jewish Autonomous Region and the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region. Avialesookhrana also reported that the firefighting season is open in 81 regions of the Russian Federation.

Massive fires in many parts of Siberia began on May 7 against the backdrop of strong winds. In the territory of Krasnoyarsk alone, fires broke out in 60 settlements, resulting in the death of 8 people.

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