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Wildfire situation worsens in Russia’s Far East

June 05, 2012, 5:20 UTC+3
Fire fighting operations involved 1,264 rescuers, 196 units of land-based hardware and 16 aicrafts
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KHABAROVSK, June 5 (Itar-Tass) — The number of wildfires in Russia’s Far Eastern regions has increased dramatically in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the forestry department of the Far Eastern federal district told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

According to the spokesman, there were 107 taiga fires on an area of 2,817 hectares on Monday, of which 39 were extinguished.

Fire fighting operations involved 1,264 rescuers, 196 units of land-based hardware and 16 aicrafts.

The most difficult fire situation is in the Khabarovsk Territory and the Amur region. Special wildfire regime was imposed in the Primorsky Territory, in the Amur region, in the Jewish autonomous region, and in seven district of the Khabarovsk Territory.

The Far Eastern regions are suffering from the lack of funds to fire fighting efforts, the spokesman noted. The Khabarovsk Territory has allocated 153 million roubles from its budget, and 144 million roubles came from the federal budget, but the funds are practically exhausted, said Vladimir Chernykh, a deputy head of the Khabarovsk forestry department. “The territorial authorities again have to ask the federal forestry agency to allocate more funds.”

Since the beginning of this year’s wildfire season, there have been 1,133 forest fires on an overall area of 44.981 hectares in the Far East.

 

 

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